Welcome Warmly

As we quickly approach the “grand finale” of the Holiday Season, we are sharing some favorite ideas for preparing a warm welcome for your guests this holiday.

First Impressions

What is more welcoming than a beautifully adorned front entry? Simple or over the top, creating an entry that celebrates the season is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home. There are a few key elements that we love to incorporate to welcome guests warmly.

A festive wreath and greens is a must. We chose to keep things au naturel with one of our Eucalyptus wreaths, created during our Seasonal Wreath Workshop Event in November, for the front door.

A bench for guests to set down their belongings as they enter or sit down to take off their shoes is always a nice addition to an entry. We grouped a rustic live edge bench with a potted tree trimmed with a blend of dried fruits for an organic look, matching the entry wreath.

Lanterns are always a classic look. Whether indoors or out, lanterns can house luminaries or seasonal décor, such as ornaments or large bells. We love the battery operated candles that can be placed on a timer for a no fuss cozy welcoming glow.

An entry rug is important all year round, but especially during heavy traffic times like the holidays. An outdoor rug helps keep messy weather from entering your home while one in the foyer provides a cozy feeling as soon as guests enter.

With these few staple items, the possibilities are endless for adapting your look to be rustic, modern, or vintage to suite your holiday style.

Cozy Quarters

If you are expecting guests who will be staying in your home during the holidays, a cozy, private place for them is essential for creating a comfortable experience. Most of these items can be done well before their arrival; a good cleaning of the room and make the bed with fresh sheets. Display a set of bath linens for each guest and extra blankets are key comfort items. We like to include a bit of holiday cheer in the room. A small tree, wreath, or seasonal greens in a vase are simple additions that will enhance the spirit of the season.

The day of arrival prep should be a breeze by just adding a few finishing touches. Place a carafe of water on the bedside table, light a scented candle, and set the lighting to help your guest settle in.

Set the Table

Meals are one of the highlights of any gathering. Earlier this month we shared what we have planned for our holiday table styling and advised on the importance of pre-planning your menu and styling ahead. Having a game plan ensures that you have all the ingredients, serving pieces, and décor ready to go.

Stock Up

Stocking up is important for all aspects during the holidays. We all think about amassing groceries for meals and gifts for loved ones, but there are a few other equally important places that need to be considered when preparing to host guests.

Guest Bathroom

One of the most thoughtful things you can do for your guests is make sure that anything they may need during their stay is well stocked. Essentials like toilet paper, q-tips, bath products and towels should be in clear view or easy to find. There is nothing worse than being a guest and having to search for a necessity. We have all forgotten items when traveling so it’s always nice to be prepared and have extra items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, pain relievers, razors, and fascial wipes on hand as well. Dress the guest bathroom with fresh hand and bath towels, a bit of seasonal décor, and a collection of hand soap and lotion near the sink.

Bar

Knowing your guests is a big part of stocking your bar for success. If you happen to know your guest’s beverage of choice be sure that you have everything on hand. Along with the the contents of the cocktail, make sure you have any tools needed to create them; including a shaker, blender, and proper barware for serving in.

If you have a regularly stocked bar, then you should be set for anything. If you aren’t sure what to have on hand for your guests, consider creating a festive signature cocktail for the gathering. This will keep things simple and festive. Fill in with staples like bottles of wine and your basic liquors (rum, bourbon, vodka, and tequila should cover most of your bases). Be sure to have some common accoutrements on hand will ensure you have something for anyone ; tonic water/club soda, limes, and cola to accommodate classic cocktails. . We also like to have something sweet on hand like a Baileys or Irish Cream. Served straight or add a splash to coffee for an after dinner treat with dessert or hanging out by the fire!

Always grab extra ice, double whatever you think you will need!

Regardless of whether you have guests stopping by for a drink or coming to stay for several days, it is well worth every effort you make to create a warm welcome. We hope you have a very Happy Holiday and are sending warm wishes for the New Year!

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