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How to Prepare for Holiday Guests

Hosting guests can be stressful, especially during the holidays. You spend your time worrying about hosting instead of spending time with friends and family. Here are some easy ways to prepare for holiday guests, and make sure they feel at home, while enjoying their company.  

Décor 

With a few holiday decorations and a touch of winter magic, any living room can be transformed into a winter wonderland. The mantle above your fireplace works as a great focal point for your décor. Pre-lit garland is a simple and classic way to add some holiday flare. The mantle is the perfect stage for holiday trinkets, such as village sets or snow globes. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mantle or fireplace, your kitchen table or breakfast bar are also great display areas. Pine cones and candles make great center pieces. Also, you can find hundreds of DIY ideas on Pinterest!  

Candles  

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Not only do they look great, but the right scent creates an ambiance that will bring everyone together. If you want to stay away from anything with flames, there are tons of alternatives. Bath & Body Works offers wallflowers, which plug into an open outlet. Also, Bath and Body Works offers room spray in many of their scents. With just one or two sprays, you’ll get the same effect as you would with a candle. You can also invest in a wax warmer. Purchase little cubes of scented wax, stick them in the warmer, and then sit back and relax.  

Tidy Up 

Before you go all out with the tinsel and holly, take some time to tidy up the areas in your home that guests will be in the most. Your decorations will shine brighter and make a much better impression without school bags and shoes being on display as well. Take advantage of all the sales happening during the holidays and invest in some storage cubes or other storage options. 

Snacks 

Waiting for the big holiday meal can be tiresome. Set out some hors d’oeuvre for everyone to enjoy while they wait for the main course to be served. Cheese and cracker plates, hummus and veggies, and mixed nuts and pretzels will keep your guests from getting hungry. Make sure you ask your guests about any allergies or dietary requirements beforehand, so you can be prepared.

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