Tips to Make Your Home More Inviting for the Holidays
With winter fast approaching, we can all expect to spend a lot more time indoors. Add a string of holidays into the mix and you’re likely to have some family and friends over as well. Unless you’ve got a heated space to gather outdoors, or you live in a perpetually warm climate, you’ll be stuffing people into corners and setting up extra chairs just make sure everyone is comfortable. Do yourself and your guests a solid by cozying up your home. They might not openly comment on your efforts but guests at ease during a party or gathering will reduce your stress and make it easy for everyone enjoy the moment.
At least until it’s time to clean up…
Here are some tips to help make your home more inviting:
Open Up your Home
The first thing you should attack is the clutter – and don’t deny it. We all have clutter we hide in the open. It’s the organized chaos of every home that infringes on living space. Get rid of it or organize it so that it’s put away properly in storage. When your home is tidy and free of small clutter it has a calming effect on occupants as well as guests. If you don’t have room to store it then consider a donation or a few quick sales via craigslist to make some extra holiday spending cash.
Let it Shine
Natural light can have a tremendous impact on a living space. When you’re entertaining, try letting in as much natural light as possible without overwhelming the room. Natural light can energize guests, especially when there are carb-heavy foods hanging around to be eaten. Try propping up your guests in a dimly lit home after munching and eating holiday foods – watch how quickly everyone starts competing for the longest yawn.
Just watch how much energy you stir up with little ones running about.
Keep it Smelly
Smells have a way of evoking vivid memories so make sure you’re using the right fragrant aromas to create good memories. Whether you use a room spray or a scented wax warmer like Scentsy offers, use the vast array of aromas to bring back happy memories.
And try to make some new ones!
You definitely don’t need burning candles everywhere or a constant meal in the oven to have a great smelling house. If you want something that lasts longer than a spritz of a room spray, wax warmers can release their scent for hours. Place one near your front entry way to greet your guests with pleasant smells as soon as they enter.
Rock the Taste Buds
For hundreds of years, mankind has had fellowship over food and the tradition should never stop. It never hurts to put out something tasty for your guests. It shows you appreciate their presence and that you’re considerate of their needs. If you want to please the taste buds then go for treats, snacks and finger foods, sandwiches or desserts such as cookies or pastry. For the health conscious folk you can rarely go wrong with a vegetable tray or a variety of fruits.
Here's the Top 12 Party Appetizers for This Year
- Taco Cups (taco fillings inside bowl-shaped tortillas!)
- Pigs in a Blankets (or asparagus inside if you’re a health nut)
- Seven layer dip (yum!)
- Fruit skewers
- Veggie Kabobs
- Fried cheese raviolis with dipping sauces
- Deviled Eggs
- Meat, Cheese & Crackers
- Bruschetta (you pick the topping!)
- Cheesy spinach dip
- Cocktail shrimp
- Chicken Wings
- Don’t forget the chex mix!
Want to get away from the traditional stuff? Check out allrecipes.com for more party appetizer ideas.
Rearrange for the Guests
You’ve likely juggled furniture enough to get the layout it just right. It’s important to be comfortable in your reading chair, and of course you’re right in line with the television now. Unfortunately, things operate a little differently when foot traffic gets heavy around the holidays. Consider temporarily rearranging your furnishings to open up the floor. That extra room makes mingling easy and leaves plenty of elbow room for guests to wander. You can also alter some of your accessories and trimming to mix neutral colors with bright color accents. This pop of holiday color works well with natural lighting to energize your guests.
The best results will come from a mixture of all of the above. If you’re planning on having family gatherings this holiday and you’re nervous about the space, make a list of what you enjoy when you visit others and the things you dislike about some events you’ve been to in the past. Between your lists and the above tips you’ll easily make your home more inviting this holiday season.
Check out a guide from Better Home and Gardens on Rearranging a Room
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