This holiday season is going to look so much different than others, which is why I’ve decided to do a series on How to be a good house guest and host. What to know before the holidays!
Depending on your family I would start having the holiday discussions now. Where are you going to do it? Are you going to divide up the responsibilities? If you have older family members ask your family to quarantine themselves for two weeks before the holiday. It’s a tough conversation, we’ve already had it with our family, but in the long run you have to do what’s best for everyone. You might not have any high risk family members so go ahead and skip that conversation but do start talking about who’s going to host!
If you’ve decided to host start letting your guests know. They may decide to fly or take a road trip to get there but people are starting to think ahead and make reservations. Car rentals, hotels, veterinarian (boarding). Give your guests plenty of time to make the proper arrangements. While we’re talking about making arrangements I was recently watching something on the news and they’re saying this flu season is going to be horrible plus it will be mixed in with Covid-19. They weren’t sure how most places would be doing flu shots. They didn’t expect you’d be able to just walk in and get them like before. If you believe in getting your flu shot I encourage you to go ahead and make an appointment with your doctor now to get it reserved. If you don’t believe in it them more power to you!
I know the big trend right now is the Covid puppy. People have been adopting animals left and right! YAY!! So great! However, just because you love your four legged friend and want them in your personal space doesn’t necessarily mean your host does. Unless you know everyone that’s going to be there I would really suggest boarding your best friend. People have allergies, dogs get under people’s feet, etc. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE dogs! I’m a dog person but every time I went to my mom’s house she and my stepdad would argue about my dog because she shed and she barked! Now looking back I feel terrible to have put my mom in that position.
How’s your luggage? Get it out now. Did a wheel break on your last trip, maybe a zipper? Check things out now and start looking around. I’ve been seeing so many great deals on luggage and duffel bags but plan ahead! When you wait until the last minute you never get a good deal. Check out my Hospital Bag checklist here. It’s a great list for packing essentials even if your not on your way to have a baby!! Start buying your travel toiletries now as well as new pajamas, a robe and some slippers. Just because you’re at someone’s home doesn’t mean stroll down to breakfast in your sweats. Put on some matching pajamas and a robe! Petit Plume and BedHead are my favorite pajamas.
This is something that I’m horrible at remembering but I love. Take a hostess gift! If you have the budget send a nice arrangement for your hosts dining room table two days before everyone’s supposed to arrive. It’s a lovely gesture but it also takes a to do item off of your hosts list! You can also swing by your local Whole Foods or grocer on your way there. Whole Foods surprisingly has BEAUTIFUL flowers! My best friend Kerstin stops there every time she comes over to our house and I love this!!
Last but certainly not least order your thank you cards or Christmas present tags now! I don’t think there’s anything more elegant that personalized stationary. Dogwood Hill formerly Dixie Designs is my absolute favorite. You can find elegant to crazy colorful ones there!
Next week I’m going to be talking about creating a warm and inviting guest room. So be sure to subscribe to get all of the updates!