Making Guests Feel at Home

cosyWith Thanksgiving fast approaching and Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be hosting friends and family and I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make these special people feel at home when  away from home. I have the luxury of spending both holidays with my family this year and even though I won’t be hosting at our place, I hope to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

In our own apartment I’ve found that candles, cosy throws and a good playlist can help guests relax. If we’re hosting dinner or a brunch, I also try to have some quick bites on hand to ward off hunger pangs. It’s also critical, I think, for the apartment to be clean! Not only does this help me relax, but shows guests that their visit was important to me.

If guests are staying overnight, I give them a tour of our apartment, which takes all of ten seconds in our one bedroom, and give them fresh towels and linens. I’m sure to let them know how the shower works and also where snacks and coffee are kept. In the morning, I like to have a muffin mix on hand for an easy warm breakfast.

How do you make guests feel at home over the holidays? Are you hosting friends or family this year?

Photo courtesy of Stoves Online

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