Keep a basket by the door that you can use to gather loose items over one big sweep. As you walk around replace items where they belong, then you don’t find yourself running around in circles as you tidy up.
If you don’t have space for guests’ coats in the closet, find a few hooks and hang them by the door to keep coats off of the floor and furniture.
Don’t forget drinks. Keep an extra bottle of wine or prosecco around for unexpected festive visits.
Keep it simple. Don’t overthink plans. Keep dinner simple and delicious. Make dishes you are familiar with or experiment with just one instead of the whole meal. Entertain with ease by preparing as much as possible before guests arrive. Remember you will set the tone of the visit so have fun and enjoy yourself!
Consider splurging on a cleaning service or rented dishes if you are hosting a large dinner. When dinner is over, simply put the dirty dishes in the crates and return them to the rental company. Eliminate the worst part of having guests… cleaning up after them.
Sometimes it takes a guest visiting to finish lingering projects around the house. What projects would you like to finish? Are the holiday lights on the house? Could the bathroom use a good scrub? Do you need to replace the rug in the living room? Whatever it is let your guests be your motivation.
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