Our guide to making your home a hosting haven
The time of festive cheer is upon us, and what better time to fill your home with guests and celebrate the season? Here are our best tips to make hosting a breeze and make sure you’re ready for every eventuality. Then you can sit back, relax and let the season of goodwill wash over you.
Clean & Clear
Before you do anything else, it’s important to make sure your house is clean and clear, ready for the extra footfall, food and festivities of Christmas. Dust and hoover, open windows (just to freshen the air, you don’t want an artic breeze in your guest room!). Try moving a house plant into the guest room to give it that lived-in feel. Stock up on cleaning products like laundry detergent and washing up liquid to avoid being caught short when those inevitable chocolate or mulled wine stains present themselves. Now is a good time to clean out and clear your fridge to make space for all that special Christmas food and drinks.
Organise & Prep
Once your house is sparkling, it's time to prepare your home for the extra people. Check your cutlery and crockery levels – eating with a big group is wonderfully sociable, and made all the easier if everyone has a proper-sized plate and matching cutlery. If you are hosting a very large group for a party or buffet, it might be worth using recyclable paper plates. Also, check your heating system, and get the boiler serviced – a house full of chilly people is not conducive to the festive atmosphere.
Before your overnight guests arrive, make their room as comfortable and welcoming as you can. Lay out towels and toiletries, and make some space in a wardrobe or chest of drawers for their Christmas outfits. It’s always a good idea to put a clock on the bedside table, and write the Wi-Fi password down for them so there’s no awkward scrambling around for the router.
Add the final flourishes to your cosy home by arranging Christmas decorations and ornaments. In a tidy room they will stand out and make more of an impression. Berries, holly and pine cones gathered from the outdoors can make a lovely centrepiece or be arranged on windowsills. It is helpful to have a small space dedicated for Christmas crafts and wrapping presents so all those loose ribbons, wrapping paper and sellotape rolls don’t get in the way. Add a final flourish by covering your soft furnishings in blankets and throws to keep everyone warm and cosy, the bigger the better!
Your home is now ready for your guests and you are sure to enjoy the festive season yourself.