How to Ready Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

The holidays make the ideal time to get together with friends and loved ones, so you probably want to provide the ideal hospitable setting for holiday guests. Follow these seasonal tips to make your home ready for holiday entertaining.

Make room for coats

It's winter, so your guests are going to show up with warms coats, and possible hats and scarves. Make your home ready for holiday entertaining by clearing space in your closet or coat rack so there are plenty of empty hangers, to hang up each guest's outerwear. It doesn't hurt to leave an extra couple warm coats or rain jackets out, in case someone forgets to bring theirs.

Outfit your living room cozy throws pillows and blankets

It's a cold time of year, so protect your house-guests from chill by putting out winter furnishings — put out velvety throw pillows and drape folded blankets over the backs of sofas and chairs to always be at the ready in case there's a draft.

Holiday scented candles and hand soaps

Add a simple bit holiday spirit to your entertaining efforts by lighting holiday spiced candles to go with any holiday décor. Stocking your bathrooms and kitchen with holiday scented hand soaps and moisturizers can literally make for a nice touch.

Stock your kitchen with hot beverage options

Nothing says holiday warmth like hot chocolate, so make sure to have plenty on hand — plus marshmallows — in addition to the usual coffee and tea. And if you're hosting adults, ready your hot toddy recipe! Warm up whiskey, cognac or brandy, then add honey and a squeeze of lemon, and serve with a cinnamon stick to stir.

Put out tissues and hand sanitizer

They're called colds for a reason — winter months can be prime time for nagging viruses to linger. Make your home ready for holiday entertaining by keeping a box of tissues in each guest room, each bathroom, and within reach of living room seating. Keep an occasional bottle of hand sanitizer handy as well, as added protection against passing germs.

Fresh batteries in smoke detectors

It's advised to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a year, and fresh batteries are especially important during winter months, when you're burning wood in the fireplace, lighting candles, and running the heater. Besides, if you make a habit of doing it before the holidays, you'll always remember, and your house-guests won't be woken in the middle of the night by the loud beeping of a weak battery alarm.

Hire professionals to clean every inch of your house

Really, the first step to make your home ready for holiday entertaining is to clean your entire home, top to bottom. There's no better way to do this than to enlist the help of a professional house keeping service. The Maids San Diego offers a type A level of clean to homes throughout Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Tierrasanta, University City and La Jolla. Contact us today for a quote.