Top tips on getting Christmas guest ready
PUBLISHED: 15:14 07 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:14 07 December 2015
The countdown to Christmas has begun: if you're planning big celebrations this festive season, now's the time to start preparing. Hampshire Furniture's Frauke Golding shows us a few quick and stress-free ways to get guest ready.
It may feel like Christmas is a long way off, but if I’ve learned a thing or two from hosting the odd Christmas event, it’s that you can never be too prepared.
If you’re throwing a party, having family to stay or hosting the big dinner, here are my tips to ensure it goes off without a hitch.
1. Make a List (or Two)
Take a few minutes to sit down with a cuppa and make a list of everything you need to do and buy for the holiday season. Write gift lists (who and what), grocery lists and to-do lists. Doing this now, (and seeing exactly how much you have to do) instead of two days before the event will save your sanity!
When you’ve made your lists, you can then start ticking things off – picking up a few gifts on your weekend shopping trips, stocking up on non-perishable Christmas groceries, laundering the guest towels, that sort of thing!
2. Order Your Furniture Now
And we really mean now! If you’re planning on ordering a new table and chairs for the Christmas meal or a sofa bed for guests, don’t delay! Quality furniture is not something you can have delivered the next day, it can take 2-4 weeks for in stock items to be dispatched, and longer if items are made to order. Ordering now gives you just enough time to get yours delivered but do double check the delivery dates before you order to avoid disappointment.
At Hampshire Furniture we know how exciting it is to receive new furniture, which is why we try to make the process as hassle-free as possible. We offer free delivery to a lot of mainland UK addresses and we tell you exactly when your furniture is going to arrive. No more waiting around all day for the courier!
3. Show Your Home Some Love
Christmas is a busy time for your home too. It has to work extra hard to accommodate all those people. Take this opportunity to look over your home and address any maintenance issues, things that aren’t necessarily urgent, like a leaky tap or peeling paint, but will make your home a more welcoming and enjoyable place.
You could also have a clear out in preparation of all those gifts your family are bound to receive. Consider donating clothes, toys and books to refuges and shelters, they’ll really appreciate them at this time of year.
Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you need to throw your best party yet. Do you have enough chairs? Is there room for your sister-in-law’s new puppy? Will the kids be entertained while the adults enjoy an after lunch drink? It’s the little things that make even the smallest of gatherings great.