How To Make Your Home Inviting
It is hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is already three weeks from today! The holiday season often means guests staying in your home. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a New Braunfel’s custom builder
, shares tips on how to make your home inviting to guests so they are comfortable while visiting this holiday season.
First, be sure to make your home feely cozy from the time they enter for their visit. It is best to give your home a good deep cleaning before guests arrive, to ensure a great first impression and level of comfort on their end. The phrase “a clean home is a happy home” applies here.
A great way to add an extra sense of “coziness” to your home is to light candles with scents like apple spice or vanilla, to fill the air. Lighting a fireplace can also add to an extra cozy atmosphere, especially if the air is chilly. Playing some soft music will add a relaxing tone to your home. Another great tip is to keep the overhead lighting off and rely on lamps to warm up your home with light.
A wonderful idea that will make your guests immediately feel welcomed is a welcome basket in their room when they arrive. Some great items to add to their welcome basket are things like: travel size toiletries, cozy blanket, snacks, card games, magazines, or a candle.
Another great idea whether in the welcome basket or on a nightstand, is to leave information like the Wi-Fi password, an alarm code, the street address of your home (for an emergency), and things nearby they mat enjoy like a coffee shop, gas station or pharmacy. These small things can make your guests feel incredibly welcomed into your home.
Another nice touch to add to your guest room is to clear out a closet and provide hangers for your guests to hang their clothes and not have to live out of a suitcase. You could also clear some drawers for them to put clothes as well.
Lastly, be sure to keep the kitchen open and allow items set out so they are easy to find. For example, setting up a coffee station is a great idea that you could pair with tea, hot chocolate, etc. It’s also a great idea to keep snacks available for people in between meals, like sweet treats or savory munchies. Lastly opt for buffet style meals to help feed a larger group and make sure your guests have options and enough food to satisfy.
The most important tip of all? Relax! The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family, which in the end will make them feel the most welcomed of all.
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.