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5 Ways to Show Your Holiday Guests the Love


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5 Ways to Show Your Holiday Guests the Love

Master the Art of Holiday Hospitality

As the holiday season slowly settles in, it’s time to begin thinking about how to plan and execute the holiday get-togethers you might have in your home. The hallmark of a good host is how happy the guests are when they leave.

Hospitality is an art form that, when done correctly, makes guests comfortable and creates a happy and relaxed environment. A well-planned and expertly executed party can make everyone feel warm and welcome and can create lasting memories. These five tips will help you perfect the art of hospitality, allowing you to throw fabulous holiday celebrations for friends and family!

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valerie Smith
valerie Smith
5 years ago

Great Article

Kimberley Russell
Kimberley Russell
5 years ago

I also refuse offers to help clean up! I will walk away from the dirty dishes and kitchen to sit with our guests. There have been times that we have been doing the dishes & clean up at 2 am! We have also left everything until the morning!

Amy Hepfner
Amy Hepfner
5 years ago

I’m with you Kimberley, I don’t let me guests help with dishes either. Instead I’ll leave them sit so I can enjoy their company instead.

Merideth Dillard
Merideth Dillard
5 years ago

Very great points! I would have never thought of some of these!! Thank you

Linda Kemp
Linda Kemp
5 years ago

I like to have a souvenir of the evening – sometimes at Christmas it’s a simple wooden ornament they can color with markers – or other times it’s a bookmark with a reflection of the theme for the event. Example: “Since we’re neighbors, let’s be friends!”

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5 years ago
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Great idea! Thanks for sharing, Linda!

Karen Codrington
Karen Codrington
5 years ago

Great simple reminders! Thank you.
I often say ” they’ll be done by the time you get home” if a guest in being persistent to start dishes..

Phil Morris
Phil Morris
5 years ago

I don’t agree with #5. I do clean the table and kitchen when they are here. But I generally clean up as I go along with the cooking and preparation. So It’s not a huge pile. I want the table to be clean, so we can sit around an play a game. Some of them think that they need to help clean up, but the way we do it, there’s so little to do afterwards, it’s less than 5 minutes and things are ready for the next activity.

Johanna Chepernich
Johanna Chepernich
5 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I’d say it totally depends on the guests though, I’ve had great conversations with guests while doing dishes together and they felt better knowing I don’t have to stay up late cleaning up when they’re gone.

Leah Rissien
Leah Rissien
5 years ago

I often get stressed about holiday gatherings. Thanks for the helpful reminders of how I can be a better hostess!

Carrie Marino
Carrie Marino
5 years ago

When guests attend a party where the hostess is too busy to significantly interact with everyone, they don’t feel welcome, even if they are.

Gayle Jackson
Gayle Jackson
4 years ago

If its a party where there are teenagers (along with adults), sometimes I’ll have a “getting to know you” page handed to each of them, with questions like “Find the person who came the farthest to get here tonight,” or “Who do you think has the prettiest smile tonight,” then have them get the person whom they think fits that description to sign by the question. It helps to cut down on the awkwardness and relax.
For children, its fun to start with a scavenger hunt — great for family parties where the adults want to visit and to help avoid boredom setting in with the younger set.

Jennifer Rottman
Jennifer Rottman
4 years ago

As a guest I always help with picking up etc. even if they say I do not need to.:)

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

Great tips! It seems like hosting a party is becoming a lost art form these days!