Together Again – How to Prepare your Home for Guests

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There’s something special about Christmas time. For many of us, it’s the most cherished time of the year to come together with family and friends. And as we get ready to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones, we naturally want everything to be perfect, especially after the events of the last few years. But with a little planning, and some of our best ideas to help you prepare your home for guests, you can create a magical space that everyone will enjoy this festive season.

MAKE WAY

One important task is to declutter and create additional storage space, making sure that homes are clean, tidy and organised before putting up the Christmas tree and decking the halls with your favourite Christmas decorations. Focus on creating more open space, so your home feels welcoming and inviting as soon as guests step through the door. If you have young children, create a space where they can play and stay out of mischief.

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Is your dining table big enough to fit your guests round, and do you have enough chairs for everyone? Dining benches and extendable dining tables are a great way to squeeze in extra guests when needed. If you’re looking for a whole new look within a budget, take a look at our dining furniture sets with offers on selected matching tables and chairs. New tableware and glassware can add a touch of luxury to the occasion, so check crockery and glasses too. You don’t want to find out you only have three sets of cutlery when you’re laying the table on Christmas day. Or pull out all the stops with a new tablecloth, runner, candles, napkins and place settings. And team with festive decorative objects, such as a wreath or garland.

PREPARE THE FEAST

Christmas is a time for family, friends, and food. For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is especially true during the holidays. A tidy kitchen will help reduce stress levels and prevent cooking mishaps. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your kitchen for Christmas entertaining:

  • Make sure all surfaces are clean and clutter-free. This includes the countertops, stovetop, oven, and fridge.
  • Empty out the fridge and freezer to make room.
  • Stock up on essential ingredients and supplies, such as flour, sugar, spices, and cooking oil.
  • Set up a buffet or hors d’oeuvres station so guests can help themselves while you finish up in the kitchen.

If you have time, prepare some festive food ahead so that you can truly relax and enjoy the celebrations with your loved ones.

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Whether you’re hosting a small gathering of close family or a big party for all your friends, make sure your living room is cosy and inviting and that there’s enough seating for everyone. Occasional seats and nests of tables can easily be brought out to accommodate additional guests before being tucked away again. Create a festive atmosphere with intimate lighting using table lamps and candles. No Christmas home would be complete without a few strings of twinkling lights that can help to make your home feel extra special. Blankets, cushions and throws are also great ways to make a cosy haven for family and friends.

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

To best prepare your home for guests, it’s helpful to put yourself in their shoes by thinking about what they might enjoy or need during their stay. What would make you feel most comfortable while staying in someone else’s home? Is the guest bed comfortable? Do you have enough bed linen or towels? Little things can go a long way to make your guests feel most comfortable, such as a chocolate on their pillow or a vase of fresh flowers in their room.

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Nothing says Christmas like a beautifully decorated tree or some fresh foliage. Hang up some mistletoe, light a fire in the fireplace and put on some holiday music. These small touches will make your home feel truly festive. And remember, whatever changes you make to your home, the most important ingredient for a successful Christmas is spending time with the people you love. Take time to relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family. With a little bit of preparation, you can make this Christmas the most memorable one yet.

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