Have guests coming at Christmas? Got the family staying? – stressed?!
When we have people staying – especially at one of the busiest times of year – it can take it’s toll.
We feel like we need to do everything, otherwise it would be a failure on our side.
But that really shouldn’t be the case.
With a little planning up front, and a little help! – hosting at Christmas can go smoothly and you’ll enjoy it so much more.
These tips will help you to do just that!…
TIP #1 – ENSURE ALL VISITS ARE IN YOUR DIARY
Write down when you have guests coming, and whether they are staying the night etc…. – ensure no one is overlapping or whether you have double booked.
It helps to have a wall planner for December so you can see at a glance who’s coming and when.
TIP #2 – GET ALL SUPPLIES READY
Ensure you have the bed space and all bedding required for all your guests (ask them to bring it if you need to, and also ask if they have allergies – if you have feather bedding then this can be bad for some people so you need to know now so you can do something about it).
As well as getting their room ready, think about what you need to have for your guests in terms of cutlery, plates, seating etc…. – planning this in advance means no-one should end up eating their meal from a paper plate while sitting on the floor…!
TIP #3 – KNOW YOUR GUESTS NEEDS
Along the theme of allergies – ensure you know of any food allergies of your guests so you cater correctly. It’s usually much easier to base a main meal around an allergy and cook once rather than have to think of two or more meals if you possibly can.
Also – a good thing would be to get to know what they like / dislike etc… so you can get things in and do things that they like to do.
TIP #4 – HAVE ITEMS FOR GUESTS IN CASE THEY FORGET ANYTHING
Ensure you have all the necessary items to hand if your guests forget anything. Things like the following put in their bedroom are useful: –
- Travel sized toiletries
- Hair dryer
TIP #5 – GUESTS CAN HELP OUT
Get your guests involved in helping – at this time of year everyone can muck in to make things easier, and no one really minds.
Also – it’s not just helping you out – it’s helping themselves that’s just as critical. Ensure guests make themselves at home and are happy to make their own drinks etc… if they want one. This saves you always asking and them feeling they can’t ask too much etc… (it’s worth having some snacks around that they can grab if hungry as well).
TIP #6 – GET SOME ENTERTAINMENT READY
You shouldn’t ever feel that you have to entertain your guests 24/7 – they probably wouldn’t want you to anyway!
Have some entertainment for them to hand such as music, games, magazines, cards etc… so they can occupy themselves if you need a little time out to do other things.
TIP #7 – BE A GOOD GUEST YOURSELF!
And if you are the guest – ensure you ask if you can bring anything to help, take a gift (bottle of wine or bubbles is always good), and try and help when you are there to take the load off the host as much as possible.
Do you have guests coming at Christmas this year? What are you looking forward to and what could you do without?
I’d love to know so please leave a comment below – thanks in advance x
P.S. if you are hosting, you are likely to need more food than ever – so these planning tips for food may help you out…