How to Prep Your Home For Christmas Guests

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How to Prep Your Home For Christmas Guests

Christmas is around the corner. If you’ve been charged with hosting the festivities this year, then you know the to-do list is monumental. From decorating to figuring out where everyone will sleep, there’s a lot of work that goes into being host extraordinaire. 

While it may seem a little early to set up the tree and hang up the stockings, prepping ahead of time is the key to managing a magical, stress-free holiday get-together.

Today we’re looking at what you can do now to get your home ready for the festive season, regardless of your hosting experience.

Send Out Invites and Plan Your Guest Lists

First things first: you can’t plan ahead if you don’t know how many people are coming. Start sending out Christmas invitations at least a month in advance. Send out a group text, or if you feel like being the hostess with the most-ess you can send out cards, like these festive invitations from Minted.

After you have a better idea of how many people are arriving, you can move on to the other tasks. After all, the headcount will dictate much of what comes next, from food quantity to sleeping space.

'Tis the Season to Tidy Up

No matter how much of a clean freak you are, it’s all too easy for messes to pile up—especially if you live with little ones. Before the guests arrive, make sure your home is decluttered, and everything is cleaned from floor to ceiling.

Sure, everything’s going to get messy once the festivities begin, but it’s worth the extra effort to bring a little harmony into your home before the Christmas chaos arrives.

Send your messy minions off on a walk (or have them join in on the task at hand), put on a holiday playlist, and start getting your home looking shiny and new.

Remove anything unnecessary from countertops, coffee tables, and ottomans, and place them in a storage closet or room. Decluttering will not only make your home tidier but will give you more space for decorations.

Once you’ve made a start, you’ll want to focus on areas that will be used the most during the festivities, like the kitchen, bathrooms, and living rooms.

A good tip is to clean top to bottom and left to right. Start by dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures, then clean your way down to the floor—since most of that dust is just going to fall on the ground anyway. Plus, working from left to right will help you keep focused and ensure you don’t miss anything while you’re getting each space ready for the holiday guests.

Get the Guest Rooms Ready

Whether the in-laws are coming from out-of-town or you want someone to have a place to rest their head after too many Christmas cocktails, you’ll need to start prepping the guest rooms.

Again, start decluttering and remove items in wardrobes and drawers. Doing this will give them plenty of space to store their clothes, coats, and presents.

A guest bedroom should be cozy and inviting—a home away from home. So, supply soft bed linens, extra blankets, and towels.

If that untouched spare room is looking outdated or unwelcoming, it might be time to spruce things up by investing in some new bedding. You can all go out with a festive theme or go for a subtle touch with this chocolate rose bedding. It has accents of holiday reds, but keeps things simple with its neutral brown color scheme.

Plan the Menu

There’s nothing worse than running to the store on Christmas Day to get a last-minute food item you forgot, so save yourself the stress and start planning now. If you’re having your Christmas party catered, start looking for vendors. If you’re cooking, start pursuing through cookbooks and online recipes ahead of time so you can test out the dishes you’ll be serving.

Remember, you don’t have to make it all from scratch. The best snack spreads are more about curation than they are cooking. Save yourself the hassle by mixing homemade goodies with quality artisan items, like cheese, olives, and salami. If you need a little guidance, here’s an easy tutorial for a Christmas charcuterie board spread that is sure to delight everyone down to the last bite.

Set the Table with Holiday Décor

Now for the fun part: decorations! Get everyone in the Christmas spirit by adding festive holiday decor to your tablescape.

You don’t have to go overboard—​​​​​​​start with a tablecloth or runner, then look to create an eye-catching centerpiece that compliments your overall Christmas design aesthetic.

This can be something as simple as putting out your fancy dishes and adding candle holders filled with lit candles. Or, you can get a little creative and fill a large dough bowl with season greenery, winter berries and pine cones. We love this centerpiece idea from Honey We’re Home that mixes natural elements with Christmas ornaments.

Christmas gifts and parcels

Happy Holidays From Brumbaugh's!

While holiday get-togethers are fun, they’re even better when you’re prepared ahead of time. We hope this list helps you take a little stress off your shoulders, so you can focus on what matters most: spending time with loved ones.

From everyone at Brumbaugh’s, we’re wishing you a happy and cozy Christmas!

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