Christmas is a wonderful time of year filled with food and drink – oh, and family! This is the perfect time to make memories, but when you are the host the extra pressure can be hard to handle, and plenty of planning is required.

That’s why have created their latest campaign #MyFestiveHome which provides some tips for ensuring your home is ready for the holiday antics. There’s even this handy pre-party checklist to ensure your home is in order and if this isn’t enough here are our tips for preparing your home, and yourself.

Preparing Your Home

When preparing the home for a holiday get together there are three things you must consider:

  1. Is there enough room for all?

During the party think about where you want everyone to be, if you would prefer them outside, then place the drink outdoors and get a canopy so that people are attracted to that area. Also, rearranging the furniture for maximum space may be required.

Anyone who has ever had a house party will know that some people just don’t want to leave so ensuring you have enough space in case some guests decide to stay over is important, this includes fresh bedding.

Other times you know relatives will be there to stay so ensuring the spare room smells fresh and looks clean and tidy is key.

  1. Clean and Tidy

Before anyone arrives you will want a clean and tidy home starting with the main rooms that your guests will be in, the kitchen, living room, and bathroom! Yes, the bathroom, everyone will use the bathroom therefore having a spray to hand and enough toilet paper is vital, and remember to give it a good scrub before anyone arrives.

Other areas of the home on show such as hall, stairs, and landing may just need a hoover, and dust to get rid of any annoying cobwebs.

  1. Food and Drink

Having enough food and drink in the house can be a hard job, trying to guess what people want, their likes and dislikes, and potential allergies can be a nightmare. Therefore, it’s good to have a selection of sweet and savoury options, as well as some vegetarian and vegan options too.

When it comes to alcohol consider asking each guest to bring a bottle, whilst you can supply beer, lager and wine, spirts can be expensive and buying a couple of bottles of everything could cost you hundreds. You can always provide the mixers such as cola, orange, and lemonade.

Also, consider the age of guests because you must cater for the children too.

Preparing Yourself

You may think by preparing yourself we mean making yourself look glam, but house parties also require some mental prep. The night before take some time for yourself and get a good night’s sleep, prepare you food and drink, shop a couple of days before, and do the cleaning a day in advance.

This leaves the whole day for you to relax and decide what to wear. You could even take some time to catch up on the programmes you haven’t watched in ages.

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Ariana Ostrow
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