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Hosting guests over the holidays can be as stressful as travelling. There’s often pressure to create a picture-perfect experience for your guests, whether they’re staying overnight or for a week. By planning ahead and keeping them informed, you’ll reduce stress and create a fun, festive experience for everyone.


• Clear space in the coat closet for their jackets and shoes. If
they’re staying in a room with a closet, make sure there is
enough space for them to hang their clothes if they wish.
• Create toiletry baskets that include a toothbrush, toothpaste,
tissues, lotion and soaps. You can also add warm
slippers or a good book you think they may enjoy.
• If your guests are new to the area, or if they’ll have to
entertain themselves while you’re working, set brochures
for fun local activities in their room, as well as a list of local
cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, theatres, etc.
• Print an information sheet that includes the Wi-Fi password
and other essential household information.
• If you’re expecting pets, purchase extra treats or a fun toy
to make them feel at ease.
• If you’re expecting young children, store fragile items
and heirlooms somewhere safe, install electrical outlet
covers, etc.


• Create a fun tradition, such as making cookies or holiday
decorations, to foster a sense of togetherness.
• Stock a snack and drink cabinet for guests to help
themselves to when they get hungry or thirsty. Purchase
an extra case of bottled water and store it in the garage
until needed.
• Stock up on fun board games and family movies for
guests to enjoy.
• Get everyone involved in meal and party prep. Give
guests who are staying with you small tasks to help
them stay engaged in the action.


• Stock up on throw blankets and pillows so everyone
is comfortable.
• Store extra toiletries, such as soap, towels, shampoo,
toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper and paper towels,
in a hallway closet where guests have access.
• Purchase muffins, croissants, juice and fruit to have on
hand for breakfast.
Manage expectations. Misunderstandings
occur when expectations aren’t met. Let your
guests know what to look forward to. If you’ve
planned activities to do together, give them a
tentative itinerary and let them know what time
to be ready. Conversely, if they like to explore
on their own during their visit, let them know
before they arrive. When guests have choices,
they feel more at home.