Whichever way you celebrate your holiday period, it’s literally upon us as we speak! When you made plans earlier in the year for all of your family to come to you for Christmas lunch, you had the very best intentions and the very best ideas about the tableware, the decorations and the menu on the big day. Yet here we are, with only a couple of weeks to go and you haven’t planned much beyond the food, and your house still needs to be prepared for the guests that will be arriving.
Getting the house holiday ready isn’t always easy when you want to make a fantastic impression. You can use this website to help you to find the right company to come in and clean – especially the floors – before family members whose opinions you care about descend on you for the few days that count the most. The mood outside the house may be festive, but what you need is a comprehensive list of things to do to keep you on track with your plans without all the stress.
Below, you’ll find nine steps to getting your home ready for the holidays:
- Make a great first impression by clearing out your entryway and porch. Hang a beautiful wreath and some twinkly lights, and you’ll have a home that is the epitome of welcoming.
- Concentrate your creative efforts on the tree, rather than what’s under it. You should choose a color palette that compliments the tone of the house, and throw in some beautiful wintry blue lights to make it pop.
- While you’re thinking about the decor, look to the mantelpiece. Father Christmas arrives here, but while you’re waiting, people will congregate in the living spaces. Artificial green garlands with coordinating decor will make the mantelpiece look beautiful.
- Plan food ahead. Either ask everyone to bring a dish for a ‘night before Christmas’ buffet, or start preparing crockpots and slow cookers of food that allow everyone to help themselves. You’ll save time and cash this way.
- Dress the table with leftover matching Christmas decorations and add a centerpiece for your meal that looks bold. Beauty doesn’t have to take that much time, either, not when you have extra decorations and wreaths lying around.
- Think about the drinks that you use to toast to the meal by upgrading your drinking glasses and champagne flutes. If you shop around now you’ll be able to get them in time for the big day.
- Refresh the guest room with towels, themed linens and even a small, pre-lit Christmas tree to make the room feel festive. You can’t host everyone, but those that you can appreciate the gesture.
- Put together a basket of bathroom goodies including freshly hanging towels for people to dry their hands. Being prepared means getting the facilities ready so you don’t have to worry.
- Ask for help! You may be hosting, but everyone can have a hand in helping to cook or set up with you.
Holidays are for families and love, and roping everyone in together to help to set up your Christmas can make it magical.