The holidays are wonderful because you get to spend time with friends and family you may not see that often. Also, you may have people visiting from out of town and need to get your home ready for holiday get-togethers.
It may seem like there’s a lot to do before hosting a few gatherings. But your get-togethers don’t have to be anything elaborate. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to put everything together and impress your guests.
Here are a few things to include during holiday festivities at your home.
1. Holiday Gifts
You’re not obligated to give your guests gifts during a get-together, but they’d sure appreciate it!
If you decide to get your guests a present, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Something simple will do, like some mittens or socks if you live in a colder climate. Or, hot chocolate is always a winter-appropriate gift!
For younger guests, a few ideas are candy in a mason jar or playdough in a snowman or Santa tin. You could also get them a festive puzzle to put together during the get-together. That way, not only will they have fun, but they’ll hopefully stay out of trouble!
Jazz your presents up a bit by putting them in cellophane or a mason jar. Presentation is just as important as the gift itself!
2. Unique Decorations
If you want to make an impression on your guests, incorporate some unique decorations. Whether you’re hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve gathering, there are many ways to add holiday cheer to your home.
When you think of Christmas, you may think of garlands, lights, and trees. But what about decorating with unique decor like holiday trays and decorative pillows?
There are all sorts of holiday pillows available. Whether a pillow says Let it Snow or Believe in Holiday Magic, it’s bound to bring some happiness to your home!
As a side note, you can also be creative about what type of party you have. For instance, you could have an ornament-making party. The ornaments your guests make will remind them of the fun activity every holiday season!
Nothing does it more than by including sparkle to bring holiday cheer. If you’re inviting friends over for a New Year’s celebration, have some sparkle in your home! For example, you could hang metallic streamers from the ceiling.
Twinkle lights are another fun idea, and you can use them for future holidays as well!
You may have been to a party before where you had to sit on an uncomfortable chair. Being uncomfortable at someone’s house makes it hard to enjoy yourself. You’d much rather be at home sitting on your sofa!
You don’t want to be that kind of host, so make sure your guests will stay comfortable. An easy way to keep guests happy is by having different seating options.
You may need to put out extra chairs. Ideally, the chairs shouldn’t have a hard seat. If they do, you can always make them more comfortable by adding a cushion or two.
If it’s a chilly evening, having a few blankets available is also a good idea.
And if you have a fire, don’t forgo having one blaze in your home! Not only will it keep guests warm, but it’ll add to a cozy ambiance.
4. Coffee Options
Friends and family love their coffee, so it’s up to you to make sure it’s there at your house for them!
Not everyone may drink the same kind of coffee, though. So it would help if you had different options available.
Now’s a great time to get them to try something new as well. If you love Americano coffee, suggest they try your favorite Americano coffee recipe! Who knows, they may end up enjoying this classic coffee drink just as much as you do!
5. Yummy Snacks
It can get hard to host a dinner for friends, even if it’s only for a couple of them. There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into preparing a meal.
Not having the get-together around dinnertime will save you the ordeal of having to come up with a meal. Instead, you can have snacks for your guests to snack on.
Having a mix of snacks is ideal as it gives them options to choose from. Include a few healthy snacks, such as carrots and dip and cut-up apples.
As for other treats, an easy way to have dessert is by buying mini candy bars. Get a variety pack so that your friends can pick their favorite candy bars.
Or, if you’re feeling creative, make baked goods at home like cookies. Pop them in the oven before they come over. Then, they’ll arrive to the smell of freshly baked cookies!
Adorning your house with decorations and including gifts for guests is lovely. But don’t forget the true meaning of the holidays. As cliche as it sounds, the holidays are all about the heart!
When the holidays are over, friends likely won’t remember the presents or the decorations. Instead, they’ll think back on the beautiful memories they made with you.