The holidays are filled with family, friend and fun! And of course, we want our homes to create a feeling of welcome for our holiday visitors.
Here are seven sure-fire ways to create a welcoming holiday home...
1. Focus on First Impressions
Spend time fixing up what guests will see first: your doorway and it's surrounding area. Spruce it up by sweeping, cleaning cobwebs or debris from around the doorbell and in the corners. Shake off the doormat. Remove everyday clutter such as mail, toys and shoes by stashing them in a basket in the closet. Make sure your porch lights are working well.
2. Quickie Decorate
Resurrect a planter or two from the summer garden and fill it with evergreen clippings, greenery or ornaments that will survive outdoors. Add a festive wreath or a garland with twinkle lights.
3. Create Guest Space
Create extra space in your coat closet for your guest's outdoor wear. Temporarily move the bulk of your family's gear to a back bedroom. Add an extra doormat near the closet for wet or icy shoes. Consider bringing in an umbrella stand if it is rainy or snowy out - or just line a wastebasket with a plastic bag.
4. Gather 'round
Make conversation easy by arranging chairs in your living room so friends and family can talk instead of facing the TV. (Chairs are easy to rearrange if "It's A Wonderful Life" or other holiday classics are on!)
5. Be Superficial
Skip the heavy bathroom cleanup and focus on those things visitors will notice. Hurry and clean the toilet bowl. Set out fresh hand soaps and clean, festive guest towels. Wipe down the counter and sink. Easy-peasy!
6. Cool Off the House
If you are expecting a houseful of guests, turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees about two hours before they arrive.
7. Light Up - Safely
Candles are a wonderful way to add ambience, but if you have them in areas other than the dinner table - like on the mantel or in the bathroom - they will need careful monitoring. A great alternative is flameless votive candles. These create the ambience without the fear..(especially if, like me, you have curious little ones around!)
So go get those houses ready for your holiday entertaining! But, most of all, ENJOY!!
Ideas adapted from Better Homes and Gardens November 2007
Coming up this week on the Shabby Nest...
- Pretty Homemade Christmas Stockings
- A Great Giveaway
Have a good day~