The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends and making the best of memories, but it can also be a whirlwind, especially if you’re hosting. From meal prepping to entertaining, there’s a long list of to-do’s. But fortunately, you only need to have a few things in place to ensure your guests have a comfortable stay. Since Bennett was born, we’ve had family members come stay overnight with us at least once a month – sometimes more. We have picked up a few tips for hosting and have learned a lot along the way. Plus, I’ve been to improve our guest area the last few months and am excited to finally share some progress photos. With Thanksgiving here, I’ve also partnered with Serena & Lily today to share 5 quick tips to prepare your home for hosting holiday guests in today’s post!
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1. Clear out the clutter
Nothing triggers me to clean up clutter like having company over. Focus on areas of the house that are most visible and that guests will be occupying. We cleaned out Jordan’s old “man room” to create an extra guest space a few months ago. I started looking for easy ways to store odds and ends, and I love these bins that can sit on top of shelves and inside closets. These storage cubes and baskets can basically tuck anything out of sight and you can use them to hold extra towels and bedding if needed. You can also make your space feel a bit more homey by adding plants, coffee table books, and tons of cushions.
2. Set up the bedding with throws and pillows
If your guests are coming in from out of town and staying overnight, then it’s super important to carve out an area for them to sleep. I always try to make the bed ahead of time because it really sets the tone for their stay – even if you don’t have a formal guest bedroom. Serena & Lily offers the best-in-class bedding for the quality and price. I’m a big believer in investing in great sheets that you won’t outgrow within a year. White linens are my go-to because they look fresh and feel so relaxing. I just got this duvet set in from Serena & Lily and love everything about it. The jacquard texture and tassels are such cute additions that make the set fun and festive for the holidays!
Temperatures in Louisiana during fall can be a bit unpredictable – and you just never know if it’s going to be super hot or cold. So, I like to keep a stack of cozy blankets within arms reach so my guests can pile them on or peel them off as necessary. We also have a tendency to crank down the air at night. It’s seriously the easiest way to accommodate all the different sleeping preferences. This linen quilt is perfect for just that – the natural insulating properties will come in handy if temperatures take a dip half-way through the night.
Y’all know I can never have too many cushions. I’ve learned over the years that some people prefer softer pillows while others prefer sturdier ones. I try to keep a few variations on hand since pillows can make a big difference in how you sleep. Serena & Lily makes my favorite pillow inserts because they’re soft to the touch and add the ultimate fluff factor. When picking pillow covers, I prefer to go for simple, classic styles that I won’t get bored of after a couple months. Neutrals and plaid prints are my favorites because they can be used throughout the year. They also make the perfect foundation for festive decor pieces if you want to add them later.
3. Have a set of towels just for guests
Until recently, when guests came to stay with us, they would use a hodge podge of towels that we had in the house. This prompted me to finally get a full set of guest room towels to only be used and kept in the guest bathrooms. You can store a couple of them in open baskets near the bed or in the bathroom. I got this exact set of cotton towels from Serena and Lily. I can’t get over how soft and plush they are – plus they are easily identifiable as the guest room towels because of the colored border.
4. Have extra toiletries available in the guest bathroom
How many times have you forgotten shampoo or toothpaste on a trip? Chances are your guests will have forgotten something too. I try to keep a stock of products ready and on-hand in the guest room drawers and shower. One person on IG Stories sent in that she likes to keep the travel size items from hotels and then re-purpose them in her guest bathrooms which is so genius. If you really want to take it a step further, you could even put some sheet masks or skincare products for them to try too!
5. Create a welcome basket
This is another IG Story suggestions, and I loved it so much that I wanted to include it. She suggested having a little basket in your guest room that includes things like snack bars, bottles of water, iPhone chargers, candle and matches, and a white noise machine. (But also, can I come stay at this person’s house, haha?) I have never thought to do this before, but now I think I’m going to start getting my welcome baskets ready!
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Thank you to Serena & Lily for partnering on today’s post. As always, all thoughts and styling are my own.
Photos by Lainey Reed