This time of year, you're probably thinking about all the family and friends that will be visiting or staying at your home for the holidays. Problem is, parties haven't been the norm for a while, so you may be as much of a hosting wiz as you used to be. The good news is our real estate agents are pros of holiday hosting and have gathered some tips to help you get back in the swing of making guests feel welcome and comfortable.
If you're prepping your home you acquired from Holland homes for sale, follow this guide to make the holidays nothing but smooth sailing.
- Don't Fuss Over Food
Complicated, home-cooked dishes are great, as long as you have the time to cook them. On the other hand, you'd be surprised by what you can find at your grocery store that's already prepared or just needs heating up in the oven. If you have some holiday hosting cash set aside, you can even look into catering or restaurant party offers.
- Think About Flow
You need to think about the best way to keep people moving and avoid traffic jams. If it makes sense to move furniture, do it! You can always move things back to the way you like in the new year. Small tables can also be useful if you stock them with refreshments, so you can avoid a crowd in your kitchen.
- Make Sure Guests Can See Refreshments
Just because you tell guests to make themselves at home doesn't mean they will. Placing food, drink, plates, cups, and napkins in plain sight will help guests know they don't have to wait to be served. This will also avoid any unwanted rummaging through your refrigerator and pantry.
- Mix Drinks First
You want to chat and enjoy the company of your guests too, so if you're planning to make some tasty alcoholic drinks, mix them beforehand. That way, guests can pour what they want instead of having to wait for you.
- Have A Variety Of Drinks
Water is great, but you'll probably want some more options. Coffee, soda pop, or flavored soda water make a nice selection. Your guests will appreciate having some choices, and they may want more than one type of drink throughout their stay.
- Seating Isn't Everything
Most people won't mind standing up, especially if they had to drive a ways to get to your home. They'll also be moving around the room and chatting. If you are inviting older friends or family, make sure they have an opportunity to sit down. Usually, as guests depart through the night, more seats open up and offer new spots for people to chat.
- Keep The Bathroom Stocked
Make sure there's plenty of toilet paper, room air spray and matches, soap for washing hands, and clean towels so guests won't have to look for these items.
- Mind The Temperature
Even in winter, it can get stuffy with so many people in your home. If you have the heat, oven, and maybe even a fire going, your guests might find it a little too warm. Crack open a window or two, turn down the thermostat, or turn on your ceiling fans to keep air circulating.
- Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Ask a friend or relative to help with the setup and to direct traffic while you answer the door. Hosting friends and family is a lot of work, so any help you receive will make the process that much easier — and more enjoyable!
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