If you’ve decided to host for Christmas or New Year’s, you’ve probably gone through quite a few Pinterest searches looking for ways to decorate in preparation for your guests. But after hanging your garland and setting up your tree, it may still feel like your home isn’t quite done. Even if you plan on keeping the décor to a minimum, adding thoughtful touches for your guests will elevate the experience and get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Themed food or grazing boards
This one is pretty simple. Your favorite seasonal dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce or honey glazed ham will instantly feel festive. If you’re not cooking or you’ve decided to have dinner catered, you can easily make a grazing or charcuterie board feel more seasonal simply by adding some holiday treats. A board with candy canes, white chocolate, marshmallows, cinnamon sticks and peppermint goodies will not go unnoticed.
Seasonal cocktails or mocktails
Whether it’s a simple hot chocolate or a cold drink that adds a different kind of warmth, a themed cocktail or mocktail will be appreciated. Bonus points if you add cinnamon sticks, sprigs of rosemary, or cranberries for a stylish and delicious touch.
Scented candles and hand soap
Holiday scents like pine, vanilla, balsam, clove and cinnamon are distinctive and nostalgic. Scented candles lit throughout the home will effortlessly transform your space into a winter wonderland, even if you’ve decided to go simple with the decorations. If you’re lighting multiple candles, it’s a good idea to stick either to one scent or light some unscented ones to balance out to the fragrance.
And don’t forget to swap out your regular hand soaps for seasonal options!
Guest room amenities baskets
Amenities baskets aren’t always so simple to do, but if you’ve got a lot of stuff laying around the house that you don’t need – such as stocking stuffers that you aren’t going to use, extra hand sanitizer bottles, candles you don’t need, or even some snacks in the pantry – they can be a thoughtful touch for your guests without you having to go overboard. And if they don’t need the goodies, they can always just leave them behind.
This is also a good place to include important information such as the wifi password, emergency phone numbers, and lock box or garage codes.
The great thing about the holiday season is that the florals tend to last a pretty long time. Evergreens are named such for a reason! Pinecones, eucalyptus, poinsettias and dried arrangements all look great this time of year, too.
If you’re looking to get crafty, making a wreath is a great way to get in the holiday spirit – and you can easily get the kids or guests involved for a group project.
The holidays are a stressful time of year, whether you’re hosting or not. But adding thoughtful touches can be as effortless as purchasing a scented hand soap instead of your regular go-to – and these little additions can go a long way to make your guests feel comfortable in your Lennar home.