5 Last-Minute Ways to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

The holidays have a way of sneaking up on us. Before you know it, your family and friends have arrived for a long weekend. No need to panic or stress! Here are five easy ways to make your home guest-ready for the holidays in 15 minutes or less.

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1. Check the Guest Bedrom

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First things first, head to the guest room to make sure the beds are made and the pillows are in place. Adding a throw blanket for extra coziness is always a good idea. Here's another tip: After guests leave, wash the sheets and immediately put them back on the beds so they're ready for the next occasion.

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2. Add a Basket of Magazines

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Place a basket of magazines in the guest room. Although we all enjoy being together, downtime is necessary during the holidays with family. Am I right, or am I right?

3. Prepare Baked Goods

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It's time to head to the store! In addition to meals I've prepared, I like to have easy grab-and-go food on hand. Fresh fruit and muffins are always a crowd-pleaser in the mornings. When it comes to bagels and muffins, I try to buy a variety of different kinds to give our guests a choice. Coffee is definitely flowing as well.

4. Add Fresh Flowers

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While I'm at the grocery store, I pick up fresh flowers. I usually purchase a bouquet for the kitchen table and pinch off a few buds or sprigs of greenery for a single vase for the guest bedroom or bath. Store-bought flowers save me an extra trip and are usually very affordable.

5. Stock the Bar

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Stock your home bar with plenty of sparkling waters and fruit juices in addition to spirits. Everyone has their own drink of choice, so it's best to be prepared. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy your guests. Happy holidays!

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