Company's Coming: Quick Fixes to Get Ready for Holiday Guests

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Posted on 12/19/2013

Some say that houseguests are like fish. They both begin to smell after three days. Entertaining around the holidays can be stressful, but these quick fixes will give guests a warm welcome and start the visit off on the right foot.

Eliminate Slippery Steps
If you're in a cold climate the first thing you'll want to do is spread sand or scatter kitty litter on slippery steps. The last thing you want is for a guest to fall before they even get inside. While you're at it make sure exterior bulbs don't need to be replaced.


Light Scented Candles
Make it smell like you just baked a fresh batch of Christmas cookies with the Sugar Cookie Scented Candle, only $4.17 at bargainbunch.com. Shipping is free and with 45 hours of burn time your guests will be smelling cookies for quite a while.


Turn Down the Thermostat
If you're expecting a lot of guests and plan to light a roaring fire compensate for the added heat by lowering the thermostat down a few degrees. No one wants to sweat while they socialize and there's a possibility most guests will be outfitted in their favorite holiday sweater.


Stock Refreshments
There's a good chance you'll know your visitor's drink of choice, but make sure to have a selection of beverages handy. Stock seasonal refreshments like hot chocolate and egg nog for a cozy touch.


Invest in Bath Towels
There's something so welcoming about a nice, fluffy bath towel reserved just for company. A six-piece Supersoft Plush Bath Towel Set from Kohl's is more than half off. Regularly $89.99 you can pick up the set for $34.99. Choose between a dozen colors that coordinate with your guest room decor.


Assemble a Welcome Basket
Stock a welcome basket with snacks, bottled water and a few magazines in the guest room for overnight stays. You may even want to add often-forgot toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste for added comfort.


By Alison Storm


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