Five ways to make your home more welcoming to guests at Christmas

A young boy demonstrating one of the five ways to make your home more welcoming to guests at Christmas - offering mince pies!

Whether you like it or not, Christmas is coming. And whether you like it or not, guests are likely to be descending on you! I jest, of course. It’s always nice to see extended family and friends. It’s preparing for their arrival that I don’t enjoy – I don’t want to make a bad impression – particularly with relatives I don’t see as often. Not this year though. I’ve decided to be better organised for once and have come up with a plan of action. Here, then, are five ways to make your home more welcoming to guests at Christmas.

Keep it clean!

This may well sound obvious, but it’s easier said than done with young children around! You can use them to your advantage though – younger ones love feeling important, so giving them jobs can help share out the work. For example, I’m allocating the front room to Dylan and the dining room to Xander. They will have responsibility for keeping them clean.

And tidy!

The build up to Christmas is also a good time to declutter. Make room for all the new things you’ll no doubt accumulate at Christmas by getting rid of things you don’t want or need. If you have anything you can sell, that will also help with the cost of the festive season. Win-win!

No… we said let’s put the fairy on the tree. Not the furry…

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Pet peeves

If you have a pet, it may be fairer for all concerned to keep them out of the way while you’re entertaining. Cats and some dogs may not enjoy the extra noise. Similarly, some of your guests may not be overly keen on your four-legged friends. Provide them – your pets, that is! – with a quiet place to hide away and keep things like food and litter trays away from areas that are likely to get busy. I’m hoping this will also help keep the Christmas tree safe from She-Ra!

Eat, drink and be merry

We all have different tastes and it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying things that you like. Think about the kind of things your guests enjoy too. For example, I don’t often buy white wine as I prefer red, but know that my sister likes Pinot Grigio. Similarly, I’m the only one in the family who likes Christmas pudding, so I’ll be getting a small one for me and something different for everyone else.

“It wasn’t me!”

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And don’t forget the smallest room!

Having a presentable bathroom is a must. As well as keeping it clean and presentable, get some decent loo roll. The new Andrex Classic Clean has the logo printed on each sheet so guests will know that you’ve got in the good stuff. Speaking of impressions though, don’t let your little ones impersonate the Andrex Puppy with your nice new toilet paper! Instead, let them use the cardboard innards to make Christmas tree decorations.

Disclosure: this post was written in partnership with Andrex.

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