November marks that magical time of year when friends and family start gathering to celebrate the holidays. Whether you are hosting overnight guests or throwing your annual holiday get-together, it can be stressful ensuring that your friends and family are comfortable while visiting your home. With Thanksgiving kicking off the annual holiday season next week, we wanted to share our favorite ideas for entertaining house guests to help you prepare for a stress free holiday.
Create a Welcoming Front Entry
Welcome your guests with a warm and inviting front entry. Simply adding a few seasonal accents, pillows, and blankets will help set the mood for a relaxing holiday. A storage bench like the OSP Designs® Coventry storage bench is the perfect place for guests to change out of icy winter boots to warm fuzzy slippers as they enter your home.
Share Your WiFi Password
Let’s face it, we are all on a mobile device at some point during the day, and your family and friends are no different. Make it easy for your overnight guests to stay connected while away from home by providing a card or message board with your WiFi password in the guest room. This will save you time from having to dig out the password from whatever drawer it is hidden away in every time you have new visitors.
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Provide a Basket of Toiletries & Towels
Your holiday guests are most likely just as stressed as you are, being away from their comfort zone of home. Make things a little less stressful by having a basket filled with clean towels and toiletries in the guest room or guest bathroom. Your family and friends will appreciate the thoughtful gesture and will be happy to find a replacement for the toothpaste they forgot to pack!
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Add Extra Seating
It is important to always have enough seating when entertaining guests. Folding chairs are an easy solution to the seating dilemma for those who frequently entertain in the home. Plus, they can be easily stored in the garage or in the back of a closet when not in use. The rustic industrial style of the OSP Designs® Bristow folding chair is a modern take on the classic metal folding chair making it a stylish option for entertaining at home.
Get all hands on Deck
You don’t have to wait on your guests hand and foot this holiday season, get everyone involved in the party preparations. Assign various duties to lighten your load and keep guests busy. The kids can help set the table, while grownups can help chop vegetables and set up the drink station.
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Set up the Perfect Bar Cart
No party would be complete without a drink station and the bar cart is the ultimate way to get the party started. The mobile design of the bar cart makes it easy to set up your favorite refreshments alongside your best drinkware, and festive accents to entertain family and friends anywhere in your home. This holiday season we are loving the mixed metal vibe of the OSP Designs® Isabella wine cart. The dramatic style exudes holiday glamour without breaking your budget.
What are some of your favorite ways to entertain friends and family during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.