With the nights drawing in and the cold weather upon us, homeowners are looking ahead to a stress-free festive season
When you're getting your home ready for Christmas guests, planning ahead will be a big help - that's prompted bed manufacturer Silentnight to offer the following tips:
1 Arrange your furniture
You might like to have your sofa facing the television, but that won't make it the most sociable of entertaining spaces – instead, you should consider rearranging a couple of days beforehand to encourage conversation. Even something as simple as adding a couple of extra chairs can give your room a rebalance. For extra cosiness, you can always add some throws too.
2 Check your bedding
A squashed up old duvet from the loft will not do if you're looking to make your guests feel welcome. Think about how many people have used your spare bedding over the years and you may realise it's time for a new duvet and pillow...
3 Storage ideas
Give your guests a space to leave their cases and belongings. Nobody enjoys living out of a suitcase, but if there is a suitable home for it in an out of the way location, it can still feel relaxed and comfortable. Whether you remove a table or clear some space in a cupboard, your guest will appreciate the gesture.
4 Extra towels
You should lay out clean, fluffy towels for your guests for as soon as they arrive. Ensuring you have towels laid out for your guests is a huge way of making them feel welcome - another tactic is to ensure there are plenty of toiletries readily available, in case they have forgotten anything.
5 Quick snacks
One of the highlights of the festive period will definitely be the Christmas lunch - however, don't forget to stock up on plenty of snacks too. This includes nuts, fruit, crisps, crudites and dips, all of which can be easily replaced and will ensure nobody goes hungry.
If you have any Christmas traditions you do each year, be sure to tell your guests before they arrive. For instance, do you stay up until a certain time, or give Christmas Eve presents to your children? It's always better just to give them a heads up, rather than to throw something at them.
A little bit of planning will make the difference for hosting the most memorable of festive seasons.