Preparing for the unexpected at Christmas can help to ensure that you get the most out of this festive season. There is nothing quite as unnerving as an unexpected guest at this time of year, but fear not, Victoria Jackson founder of multi-award-winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4 is here to help. She has put together her top tops on how to prepare your home for unexpected guests this Christmas for The LuxPad below…
Entertaining and spending time with loved ones is one of the biggest pleasures of the festive season, and with that comes the possibility of needing to turn your spare room from a storage hold into a warm, welcoming guest bedroom – especially for those unexpected guests who turn up in search of a mulled wine and a slice of Grandma’s famous Christmas cake.
Dress the Bed
The key to welcoming unexpected guests over the holiday season is having a somewhere for them to lay their weary head, without the need of borrowing your neighbours camp bed. Make your guests feel at home by create a five-star place to sleep, including adding a luxury down mattress topper, high thread Egyptian cotton bed linen and a lambswool or sheepskin blanket at the edge of the bed. Dress the bed with pillows to make it as inviting as possible and add a valance sheet if you have under bed storage you’d rather hide away. For a final touch, spritz each pillow with a lavender sleep spray to make sure your guests have a great night’s sleep.
Put a robe & towels out
Unexpected guests aren’t likely to be carrying around an overnight bag so why not hang a robe on the back of the spare bedroom door and place fresh towels on the bed. You can almost guarantee over the Holiday period you’ll be hosting, so maybe think about buying some emergency pyjamas and toothbrushes. It’s these small details that will have you continuing your reign as the King or Queen of hosting.
Bedside table details
Your bedside table should always include a bedside lamp and a clock, but think about adding a water jug and a clean glass and a trinket tray for jewellery just in case the room needs to be used. For extra hostess points you could consider putting together a basket filled with essentials such as cotton wool pads, a spare phone charger, chocolate truffles, pillow spray and some magazines to read – things that won’t need to be bought fresh on the day. OK, so the chocolate truffles might not be classed necessarily as an essential, but they could be needed for a midnight snack.
To create a stylish guest bedroom that’s ready for guests at the drop of a bauble, be sure to rid the room of any clutter pre-Christmas. Can the shredder be moved to another room perhaps? Could you tidy away the papers on your desk, and organise your shoes on a rack? If you have a seating area in the room, make sure that it is clear of washing and add cushions to create a comfortable place for guests to sit. The room still needs to have your personality, but maybe just not the messy side of your personality. Plus, it’s always nice to start the new year with a more room and less clutter.
Get the temperature right
Finally, make sure you open the window prior to guests arriving to let in fresh air and let any dust escape. Then, before the chill sets in, blast the room with heat before your guests retire to bed. Either let them know how they heating works or add a portable heater in case they get chilly through the night. This way you’re safe in the knowledge your guests can sleep soundly until morning.
The useful tips will hopefully help you to feel a little more prepared for unexpected guests this holiday season and do comment below with your most useful tip for entertaining family and friends overnight.