Mind-Reading Tricks for Hosts
At Christmas we often open our homes to friends and family, whether it is just for the night or an extended visit. It’s a lovely time to make memories and spend some quality time together so to make it run as smoothly as possible, there are a few things to consider ahead of their visits to anticipate their wants and needs, and truly make your loved ones feel at home.
Start from the bottom up
Making sure that you have organised some space for your guests is a great way to start their visit off, and this can be as simple as making room for their shoes and coats in the hallway or a clear space to pop their suitcase when they arrive.
No one wants to be the last one standing, so be ready with additional seating so everyone has a place to put their feet up. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got a spare three-seater: foldable or stackable chairs are ideal for moving around from one room to the next before being stored away. If you want something more elegant and your home and budget has the capacity, our Kendall chair comes in a stunning range of colours to fit in with your décor and velvet is very in right now.
Indulging in hearty Christmas hosting is once-a-year treat, but this period of excess can lead to an excess of washing up unless you add to your day-to-day crockery and glassware. You don’t want to be at the sink every couple of hours when there’s quality time to be had, so make sure that you have enough cups, plates and cutlery to go around.
Snug as a bug
When it’s time to hit the hay, help your guests get a rejuvenating night’s sleep by providing fresh bedding and extra blankets in easy reach. No spare room? No problem. Sofa beds are a great way to quickly transform a living room or office space, and if you have young guests bunking in with your little elves, a foldable bed can create a fun sleepover vibe complete with extra cushions and throws.
And no one wants to risk an awkward scuttle across the landing after a morning shower, so provide plenty of fresh towels and nice soaps to make your guests feel pampered.
The cherry on top
Going the extra mile for your guests will make them feel special and might get you an extra present under the tree! So, here are some tips to really put the cherry on top of their stay:
A few chocolates on their pillow and a bottle of water on their side table is a lovely greeting, and perfect as a snack after a long trip.
Extra pillows and blankets in their room allows your guests to make where they sleep as comfortable as possible without you having to guess.
Do your best hotelier impression with a cute selection of mini toiletries in a basket (think shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a toothbrush), which will be especially appreciated if your guests realise they have forgotten something.
Lastly, if you have Wi-Fi don’t forget to jot down the password for them so they can get online and tell everyone what a lovely time they’re having.