It is hard to believe that fall is around the corner and before you know it, we will be full steam ahead into the holidays! If you have moved into a new home or plan on moving into a new home before the holidays, you may be planning already for guests to stay at and see your new home in the coming months ahead. Parry Custom Homes, a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to make your home inviting to guests so they are comfortable while visiting this Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
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. It is a good idea to 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.
Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area. Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.