First things first: let’s all take a collective deep breath. Now exhale. Sure, Thanksgiving is considered by many as the most important meal of the year, but here’s the good news: the big feast doesn’t just sneak up on you. You’ve got a few weeks to go until your guests arrive for what will likely be a happy homecoming, or a fabulous friendsgiving, or an unforgettable gathering that’s about making memories with your loved ones.
And don’t forget the pumpkins. Thanksgiving is also about pumpkin-flavored everything.
Something tells us that you’re already a hostess with the mostess, but we’re here to help you up your game to the next level by getting your home guest-ready in the easiest—and most affordable—way possible.
Let’s get started!
Keeping things simple doesn’t mean that you have to let go of all the special touches that make the big meal memorable. Make guests feel welcome with personalized place cards, and think outside the box with something like these handmade cards. When tied together with twine and placed with flatware and table linens, the table setting looks unfussy yet feels intentional and unique.
2. Stock your bar cart
Nothing says #yougotthis more than a well-stocked bar cart. Bar carts are a great opportunity to show off your special occasion glassware, favorite wine bottles, and signature cocktail. Plus, they’re just so pretty to look at! Think beyond the big meal and always have a bar cart on hand for every other day of the year—because it’s always happy hour somewhere in the world.
3. Always have coffee—always
If guests are fueled by wine and libations, then the hostess is fueled by coffee! You can get as fancy as an espresso machine, go hipster with pour-over coffee, or try the traditional French press. Whichever method you pick, always have coffee within easy access. If anything, you can use the time it takes to brew coffee as an excuse to leave the room and avoid awkward conversations with that “fun” uncle…
4. Make the guest room warm and inviting
A well-made bed in a cozy guest room goes a long way toward making a space feel like a dreamy abode. Choose neutral bedding to appeal to a wide range of tastes and then layer in your patterns and pops of colors with vibrant quilts and duvet covers. Provide a soft landing by layering rugs. Include a throw blanket for chilly nights and an arm chair on which to while away the days curled up with a book (or an iPad for some much-needed Netflix binging).
5. Provide plenty of opportunities for guests to sit and stay awhile
As a hostess, there is nothing more satisfying than watching guests napping on the daybed or talking intimately with other guests in a well-appointed conversation pit or area. Make these special spots comfortable by piling on throw pillows and throws; these decor pieces not only work hard for the space, but they also provide texture, warmth, and coziness—you can never have too many!
6. Update your bath and hand towels, and delight guests with aromatherapy
One of the few affordable little luxuries of life is a new towel set. Whether you reach for a sculpted pattern, a lattice design, or a hand towel saturated in your favorite colors, conjure up a boutique hotel-style bath with fresh, clean, well-fluffed cotton towels.
The bathroom or powder room will be one of the most-visited spaces in your home during the holidays. Go the extra mile with luxurious new towels and other amenities that elevate the look of your bath, like scented candles, well-appointed indoor plants, and…
Stock your bathroom or powder room with additions that let guests relax. Aromatherapy (scented soaps, diffusers, scented candles), calming music playing from a small speaker, and relaxing bathroom art is a reminder to guests—and you alike—to treat yourself during the busy holiday season. It may seem indulgent, but these sensory experiences can have lasting, therapeutic effects on the body and mind.