‘Tis the Season for Holiday Guests

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2023

Sierra Vista residents love guests. Maybe it’s because their homes offer plenty of space for entertaining or they love showing off their amazing community. Whatever their reasons, with the holiday season underway, they are prepping for a household full of family and friends. If you are, too, here are some tips for making guests feel welcome:

Make Plans and Communicate

Talk to your guests in advance to confirm their arrival and departure dates. If they are flying in, offer to pick them up at the airport. If not, be sure to let them know where they can park. Ask if there are food allergies or dietary restrictions you should be aware of and discuss the favorite foods of younger guests. Ask them if there is anything they would like to see or do. Mark everything on your calendar or create a spreadsheet.

Tidy Up

Spare rooms and closets tend to accumulate items. Clear them out so your guests have room to store their belongings.

Make Them Comfortable

Ensure that your guests have comfortable sleeping arrangements. If you have a guest room, make sure you provide extra blankets. If you don’t or some of your guests will be sharing a room, be sure to have an air mattress or pull-out sofa available.

Stock Up on Essentials

Stock extra toilet paper, towels and soap. If your guests are staying longer than a few days, be prepared to do extra loads of laundry. Stock up on basic groceries and snacks.

Create a Welcome Basket

Greet your guests with a basket full of snacks, bottles of water, extra toothbrushes and a list of nearby attractions. Include any information they might need, such as the Wi-Fi password and emergency contact numbers. If you have room, set up a coffee station in the guest room. That way early rises won’t be fumbling around in the kitchen.

Guests Deserve Privacy

You don’t have to spend every minute with your guests. Respect their privacy and give them some downtime. Communicate your schedule and any plans you have, so they can feel comfortable making their own plans.

Plan Meals in Advance

Make life easier on yourself by planning ahead of time. You will need breakfast, lunch and dinner options. For breakfasts and lunches, consider creating build-your-own breakfast and lunch bars. If you have time, prepare one or two dinners in advance and freeze them. That way all you must do is pop a casserole in the oven.

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Don’t feel obligated to do everything. Ask guests to contribute to meals. If they will be staying for a while, assign them simple household chores so you have more time to prepare the holiday meal.

Be Flexible and Considerate

Understand that guests may have their own plans or may want some downtime. Be flexible with your schedule. Be considerate of their needs and check in with them to ensure they’re comfortable and enjoying their stay.

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