Thanksgiving. Christmas. New Years. From now through the end of the year is a joyful time full of family, friends and fun. That means lot of guests as well!
So how do you get your home ready and make it welcoming for guests? Well, that’s what Walmart asked me–so here I am to share.
5 Ways to Make Your Home Welcoming to Guests
1-Give them a place to hang their hat (or coat).
Went guests enter our homes, we want them to feel like a welcome addition, not an imposition. Having to pile up their coats, hats, gloves and wet boots all over the place can make a visitor feel like them are inconveniencing you. That’s not what I want a guest in my home to be feeling! Make their entrance into your home go smoothly by having things already set up to receive their outerwear.
I really love this Hall Tree and Storage Bench from Walmart that my mother in law bought us when we first moved in to our house. It’s style just goes perfectly with my big old 1890’s village home. We place an All Purpose Boot Tray underneath on a small entry mat to contain any slush and snow that might come in on the boots (and trust me–in upstate NY there is typically plenty of slush and snow during the holidays!).
If you aren’t looking for something quite so big, a nice coat rack that fits into a corner by your front door can fit the bill.
If you host bigger events where you have lots of people (and lots of coats) you may want to consider picking up an inexpensive rolling garment rack that you can pull out and use when you have a crowd. Just fill it up with hangers and you could fit a good 10-15 coats!
2-Keep their toes toasty.
If guests have taken off their shoes or boots. . .now they are either barefoot or stocking footed. If you house is rather cool like mine (try heating a big old Victorian home with 9 ft ceilings and a questionable amount of insulation). . .well, you’ve got guests with cold feet. That’s not particularly welcoming.
I’ve often thought that keeping a basket with a variety of inexpensive slipper socks, or even some hand knit slippers like Grandma used to make would be a good idea for guests to use. Maybe I’ll get on that and knit some this year!
3-Help them stay connected.
These days almost everyone seems to have a smart phone. We use them to stay connected, to take pictures, to settle friendly arguments about just about anything. . . Help your guests stay connected without a lot of fuss and trouble by providing them with the Wifi password for your house before they even ask. This Wifi Password Picture Frame is super easy and can be customized by picking out a frame from Walmart that fits with your home’s decor.
Help everyone keep their phones and tablets charged (so they can keep on playing the holiday channel on Pandora or taking photos of your Gingerbread Decorating Party) with a charging station. I thought this Charging Station with 6 USB ports was particularly useful for a gathering.
4-Brighten up the Bathroom.
Sooner or later, one of your guests will need to use the bathroom. It’s just a biological fact. Why not make your guest bathroom as clean and welcoming as possible. It’s easy to freshen things up a bit for the holidays with just a few inexpensive purchases.
Don’t forget to add to the decor, and help guests deal with any embarrassing odors, with a nice candle and some matches. Now that’s really looking out for your guest’s comfort.
5-Clear the Clutter and Make it Pretty
I don’t know about you–but my dining room table becomes a catch all for “stuff”. When there are piles of mail, sweaters hung on the back of chairs, and projects in process littered everywhere it not only looks terrible, but it makes the guests feel as if they’ve intruded on your family while you are busy.
Clear the clutter for the holidays (who knows–maybe it will become a habit!). You can dress up your plain standard tablecloth by adding a decorative table runner, a garland and some flameless candles. Although here you see the table dressed for Thanksgiving, all you have to do is change the plaid tablecloth out for a holiday style and change the leaf garland for some Christmas fir and the runner and candles work equally well. These decorations can also easily be re-purposed to other areas for other holidays!
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.