Believe it or not the Holidays are right around the corner. It’s the time of year when so many of us are hosting holiday parties and opening our homes to overnight guests. Why not put in a little time to prepare in advance, so that you are stress-free and ready to party?
- Make Your Home Warm and Inviting with New Wall Colors- A plain white color scheme can be perfect for selling your home but when it comes to living in your home day in and day out you may want to use color to create warmth in your space. Check out this gallery for some cozy color ideas. You can easily pull off a paint job by yourself but if you lack the time or the motivation, check out Get Assist to find a local qualified professional.
- Invest in Seasonal Decor that You Can Use Year After Year- There’s no need to buy holiday decor every year. If you buy a few high quality pieces you can use them again and again as long as you store them properly when they’re not in use.
Buy seasonal slipcovers for your throw pillows that can be changed with the seasons. Your family and guests will appreciate the extra festive touches. Find sturdy centerpieces made out of wood or metal that you know will last. Glass and ceramic pieces may not be appropriate if you have small children.
- Think Ahead for the Comfort of Your Overnight Guests- Do a quick inventory and make sure you have enough towels, and sheets for your quests. Lay on the bed or pull out couch, is it comfortable? What can you do to make it more pleasant to sleep on? Does you guest room have an empty closet or chest of drawers where your guests can unpack their clothes? People feel more at home when there is a home for their things.
Put together a simple welcome basket for your guests. Include essential items they may have forgotten like toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant. Include items they might find useful like disposable razors, and fingernail clippers. Top the basket off with some fun items like snacks, bottled water, and a souvenir from your city.
- Pre-Plan and Prep Your Holiday Menu- No one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen while everyone else is relaxing and socializing. Plan your menu with your sanity in mind. What can you make ahead and freeze? What can you buy ready made from the store? Many grocery chains like Whole Foods sell holiday dinners that can be customized depending on the number of people you’ll be hosting. Give yourself the gift of a stress free holiday season.