We’re quickly approaching the holiday season.  For you (and for me!) that may mean a house full of guests.  

Worthing Court: 10 Tips to Make Guests Feel Welcome

It’s very important to me to not only make my guests feel welcome, but to make them feel special too.  These 10 tips can be applied to overnight guests as well as those visiting just for a special occasion.

 

Turn on the lights!

A home that is brightly lit both inside and out definitely says welcome and festive.

Worthing Court: A brightly lit home is welcoming and festive

Charter Homes

 

What does your entrance say?

Does your entrance say “Go away” or “Come on it, we’re glad you’re here”?

It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate.  Whether you have a porch or not, a neat and tidy entrance is much more welcoming than an unkempt one.

Worthing Court: Neat and tidy fall front porch

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Give a welcome and heartfelt greeting

We’ve all heard the expression, “You only have one chance to make a good impression”.  I’ll take that a bit further and say, “You only have one chance to make your guests feel truly welcome.”

Plug a few minutes into your harried schedule to unwind and de-stress.  That way you’ll be able to greet your guests with a genuinely warm smile that is sure to make them feel like you’re so glad they’ve come.

Worthing Court: A warm smile makes guest feel welcome

All You

 

A Place for Everything

Don’t leave your guests holding onto their coats, hats, scarves and pocketbooks.  You don’t have to have a coat closet.  Just a designated spot will do.

Worthing Court: Designate a place for guest's coats and pocketbooks

HomeEdit

 If your guests are bringing food, make to sure take their dish for them or show them where it should go.

Worthing Court: Make sure your guest know where the food table is

The Lilac City Mama

 

 Throw in some music

Music playing in the background is perfect for filling in too-quiet gatherings.  Just remember that the type and volume of music that you play will definitely set the tone for your gathering.

Worthing Court: Soft music in the background creates a welcoming atmosphere

Worship Matters

 

Encourage Conversation

Have you ever had the uncomfortable experience of being at a gathering where you don’t know anyone and no one is talking?  Not fun.

Make sure to introduce your guests to each other.  Ask a question and you’ll have instant conversation.

Worthing Court: Introduce people to one another to encourage conversation

CoCoCozy

 

Provide additional toiletries

Make sure your guest bath is well stocked with all the necessities.  Adding special lotions, soaps and towels lets your guests know you were thinking of them.

Worthing Court: Provide extra toiletries for your guests

BHG

 

Control Your Pets

Not everyone loves animals.  Some may even have allergies.  Try not to allow your dogs to jump on legs or cats to get in laps unless invited.  You may need to consider corralling them in separate area or boarding them at the kennel overnight.

Worthing Court: Make sure your pets are well behaved when guests arrive

Not So Shabby – Shabby Chic 

 

Thank You Gifts

You may very well receive some hostess gifts, but what about giving your guests a little ‘thank you for coming’ momento?  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or pricey.  We all know it’s the thought that counts.

Worthing Court: Give a thank you gift to your guests

Jenny’s Cookies

 

Relax and Be You!

Possibly the most important thing of all is to relax, be yourself, and enjoy the party. 

Keep Calm and Be Yourself

Keep Calm-O-Matic

Your guests are sure to feel welcome in your home if you’ll follow these simple tips.

Happy entertaining!

 

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