Christmas is the most social of seasons, with family, friends and neighbours all likely to pop round and share the festivities. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your home is ready to welcome guests. Don’t worry, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you could need to prepare for guests at Christmas.
Make a good first impression
From shoes to boxes, clutter has a tendency to build up in the hallway – so make sure it’s nice and tidy when guests arrive. Winter brings ice and rain too, so a welcome mat can protect against mud and snow, while a shoe rack will give somewhere to store boots and wellies. Plus, you can never have too many coat hooks during the cold weather.
Bring your rooms to life
Want to refresh or reinvigorate a room? Simply adding a few pictures and ornaments can work wonders, along with new curtains or blinds. Elsewhere, lamps can brighten up those dark corners and make any room feel more festive and welcoming, while fresh towels and toiletries are a must for guests.
Space for everyone
We’re here to tell you the real secret to successful entertaining – flexible-use furniture. Need extra seats? Foldable garden chairs are just the thing. Little ones prefer their own special place to eat? Small, collapsible tables are perfect. It even works for guests that are staying over for Christmas too. A sofa bed is ideal for adults, or try a simple sleeping bag to ignite the kids’ sense of adventure.
Get the guest room sorted
Want to smarten up your guest room in time for Christmas? Treat guests to new bedding, pillows and even a brightly coloured rug for a fresh new look. And if they need somewhere to safely store their things, a large storage box is a great practical solution.
A dash of DIY
Considering how easy modern paint is to apply, and modern wallpaper is to hang – there’s simply no excuse to put off those little jobs round the house any longer. Grab some tools and get it sorted in time for Christmas.
Safe, not sorry
Steer clear of any slips or stumbles this Christmas by making sure your garden pathways and doorsteps are well lit. For an added sprinkle of festive cheer, you can even do it with Christmas lights! It’s not just your footing you need to watch either, we recommend taking extra security precautions around your home to avoid opportunistic burglars in the holidays.
And those are our ideas for how to prepare for guests at Christmas! Need some festive inspiration for which tree to get this year? Check out our Christmas tree buying guide.