‘Tis the season to be jolly’…and merry and busy and stressed and covered in flour from last-minute mince pie baking.
With a flurry of festive guest in mind, we’ve put together a few helpful tips and hints that will make sure you stay stress-free and your guests enjoy their visit as much as possible.
Christmas is approaching fast and although we love it, without a little preparation it can quickly become rather stressful and we are not even talking about that last minute present dash. Instead we are talking about that all important knock on the door. Parents, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbour’s- they’re all sure to turn up with the expectation of being fed, housed and entertained.
Unless you’ve got a cosy stable you can fob them off with- they’ll be all looking at you to provide all of this…and more. Don’t worry though we have you completely covered!
Now, if only we knew of a place where you could get one. Our new sofa bed is perfect for a season of festivities and a house full of guests. Hand-crafted right here in Britain, adorned with hand-painted prints and finished with delightful little details, it’s a perfect way to make the most of the room you have.
‘Good tidings they’ll bring’- but if you have people staying over thats not all they will bring. What about all the bags, bulky coats and (hopefully) presents. By making space now, you won’t end up panicking when box after box is brought from a seemingly bottomless boot. This is also a great chance to clear out your wardrobe and drawers, ready for the new things you may get this year.
Merino Or Mulled wine, biscuits, pies, sandwiches…anything that tickles your festive fancy. If your guests have travelled a considerable distance, one of the things that will have kept them going on their journey is the thought of enjoying a few tasty treats upon their arrival. Mulled wine is a great idea for grown-ups as the smell will fill the house with a warming and welcoming aroma- and will of course get everyone in festive spirit rather quickly.
Send your gang off on a walk (or get them to help if you wish) put on some Bing Crosby and start getting your humble abode looking spick and span. If you’ve kept on top of things polishing the surfaces and furniture shouldn’t take too long. cleaning the bathroom and toilets can be a pain but can be rewarding when they’re sparkling and shining. Then vacuuming (although the sound may drown out Bing) will make sure no pesky pine needles get caught in your guests’ socks.
In the room that your guests are staying, leave towels on the bed… some freshly washed towels that they will be able to use throughout their stay. Leave out a few toiletries too- it’s a nice touch and a great opportunity to get rid of those shower gels and body washes you’ve never used. Or if your in the mood, you could always treat your guest to some new ones…
Whatever the occasion, people are drawn to the kitchen like moths to flame. Make sure the essentials are easy to find- milk, tea, coffee. And the thins that you only want to enjoy yourself are well hidden. We’re not channeling our inner Ebenezer, but that expensive bottle of whisky would be wasted on an unruly uncle. It’s also the perfect time to add a few festive accessories to your kitchen. You never know, a christmas tea towel may even encourage people to help with the drying up.
Depending on how much you like your guest, you could treat them to an early gift that they can enjoy during their stay. In our humble opinion, a pair of fluffy socks fits the bill perfectly. They’re cosy, colourful, Christmassy and perfect to wear around the house- especially if you’ve been on a wintery walk. Talking of which…
Dust off old board games, pull OS maps off the shelf and choose a few festive movies everyone can enjoy. There’s nothing worse than hearing ‘What shall we do today?’ and by making sure you’re prepared- you never will.