Friday, December 1, 2023
Make holiday hosting stress-free and give your guests exactly what they want and need by following this checklist.
Give them a warm welcome
Start the visit on the right foot by paying attention to details that make people feel at home.
Style your front door decor with a gorgeous wreath or green garland for porch railings
Repair, clear and de-ice walkways, driveways, porch steps and railings
Prepare a mudroom to receive guests, hang coats and stow shoes and boots
Light a fire and stock the hearth with extra wood
Offer cozy blankets for evening hangouts
Give them their privacy
Especially if you have overnight guests, give them some room to unwind by themselves and feel at home. It will give you the privacy to unwind in your own space as well.
Prepare the guest room with fresh linens and plenty of cozy touches, or convert another room just for visitors
Clean out a drawer, closet space and bathroom shelf for guests’ belongings during a long stay
Update door knobs and levers with Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior Door Hardware so guests can lock their door if they need additional privacy
Hang blackout drapes for privacy from the neighbors and the sun when sleeping in
Give them access
A study by OnePoll found that having the ability to come and go with ease was one of the leading ways to make guests feel at home.
Give guests their own Schlage smart lock access code. Send it before their arrival so they won’t be locked out, even if you aren’t home yet
Provide the WiFi password
Offer a cheat sheet with tips for using your smart home devices like lamps or speakers
Give them some refreshments
Holiday calories do count unfortunately, so the least you can do is make them worth it.
Set up a self-serve drink station or bar cart with fixings for delicious coffee, hot chocolate or cocktails
Provide simple grab-and-go snacks and quick breakfast items like bagels and fruit
Place a tray with bottled water and your guests’ favorite treats in the guest room before arrival
Give them some entertainment
Whether going out or staying in, make it easy to enjoy each other’s company.
Set out a selection of board games
Pull out your favorite holiday movies or add some to your Netflix queue for easy searching
Share a list of local attractions, shops and restaurants to explore
Provide books and magazines for guests who want a quiet night in
Give them a gift
Homemade and heartfelt, a gift for the holiday or as a party favor can show how much you care.
Visit the new Schlage gift giving guides for inspiration, no matter who you’re shopping for
Every family’s traditions are different, but you can’t go wrong by following this simple holiday hosting checklist. Make guests feel welcome while giving yourself the chance to enjoy the season as well.
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