• How to Be the Best Host this Holiday Season

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    The holiday season is upon us and before we know it, it will be time to plan holiday parties and events. This often means an increase in house guests and attempting to find new and unique ways to entertain them. This guide is your go to for being the perfect host and ensuring that each and every one of your guests have the best holiday trip.

    Offer your guest bedroom

    Hotels are always an option, but many people do not enjoy spending the holidays in a hotel setting. You simply do not get the same feeling of family and the holiday season as you would staying with family. If you have a guest bedroom, offer it to your guests. They will appreciate having their own room and spending every part of the holidays with you. You can further increase their stay by making the guest room as comfortable as possible. Clean the bedding before their stay. Decorate the room with holiday decorations. Ensure that they have everything they might need in the room, including extra blankets and pillows, towels, and other toiletries.

    Request their input on the daily itinerary

    Hosts often provide too much or too little for guests to do. It can be difficult to plan daily activities if you are not aware of their likes or desires. For example, you might arrange an early morning golf game on a public course, only to find out that they were looking forward to sleeping in on their trip. On the other hand, you might assume that they wanted to relax and not invite them on your public course golf tournament. Always request input of your guests to make them the most comfortable.

    Plan unique activities during their trip

    For many, holiday trips might be the only trip they get throughout the year. Instead of treating it as a simple overnight stay, plan unique activities for them, as if they were on vacation. Try to look at your city as a tourist would and figure out the best local attractions and events. Even taking your guests to a public course or holiday brunch at the local golf club is a great idea. Brunch began in England and took 30 years to catch on in the United States. It is, however, more prevalent than ever here and is an appreciated event.

    Celebrate the holidays

    This tip might be a given for some. However, it is important to remember that your guest is visiting to celebrate the holidays. The smallest gestures such as allowing them to be a part of the decorations or meal planning can go a long way. They have given up their house to celebrate the holidays with you, so make sure you celebrate them. Find out what they normally do for the holiday and attempt to include some of these traditions into your own celebration. Although it is acceptable to show them how you spend the holidays, such as with brunch specials and golf courses, you still want to take their celebrations into account.

    Avoid spending too much time away from home

    Extended stays from guests can mean that you have to work during their visit. While your guest does not expect you to skip work for them, you should not pick up extra shifts or work extended hours during their visit. There is nothing that makes a guest feel more unwelcomed than spending time alone in someone else?s house. If you do have to put in extra time at work, it can be helpful to provide them with interesting attractions or a list of the local public courses around you. Golf is a versatile and historical activity that many enjoy. By 1900, there were more than 1000 golf clubs in the US. Today, that number is much higher.

    For many families, the holidays are a time of entertaining. The house is filled with out of town guests and it can be difficult to make them feel comfortable and welcomed. These tips will ensure that you are the best host possible and that you guests enjoy both their stay and the holidays in your house.