Home for the Holidays

Posted by Marielle T on


"I'll be home for Christmas, you can count on me."

It's hard not to love that iconic Christmas tune born in Tin Pan Alley during the 1940s. Something about Bing Crosby crooning makes your heart ache to be near your family and friends. It's the heart of the holiday season; coming together with those who matter most, spending quality time sharing laughter and stories amongst one another.

It also can feel a bit overwhelming welcoming a handful of house guests to stay in your home during the busiest time of year. That's why this week we're tackling tiny tricks to treat your houseguests like the family royalty they are. It only takes a few extra minutes to turn your guest room into a luxury getaway and make their stay as merry as possible.   

Stay the Night 
Prepare a few home essentials to make your guests feel spoiled from the moment they put their suitcase down. We like to start with the necessities: keys and the wifi information. By making both readily available your guests will have the independence to come and go as they please and will be able to make themselves feel right at home. Next we added a tiny vase of fresh cuts winter greens and a candle to ensure their room will smell heavenly and a couple extra treats to feel spoiled. We chose a couple of chocolate bars from Duchess Provisions, sparkling water, a rich nourishing lotion and a gentle linen sheet mask. What can we say? We take pampering seriously. Lastly having an extra blanket on hand is always a good idea, we smitten with the beautiful Sundry Turkish linen blankets from Red Ribbon.
 ...But First Coffee
Last minute shopping to do? Working right until Christmas eve? If you'll be gone in the morning before your guests wake up, leave out the coffee essentials, and some fresh pastries for a quick breakfast in a pinch. It's also a good idea to put out a couple of business cards for nearby cafes and delicious restaurants that you love. Oh and a little Baileys never hurt anyone either... 
 Bathroom Essentials 

Whenever we're expecting guests our bathrooms tend to get a mini makeover. Tuck away the clutter of your day-to-day beauty products and only display things that are intended for your company to use. (*Cough* hide your Phillip B Oud Shampoo & Conditioner *cough cough*). Try to select products that work for both men and women like Unwash Shampoo, Barr Co soaps, and Marvis toothpaste. It's also a great time to break out the beautiful bottles of bath salts and bubbles. Not only do they add to the decor, your guests will love having the option of taking a long bubble bath after a long day of walking in a winter wonderland (or the equally exhausting West Edmonton Mall). Lastly, leave out fresh , clean towels (if you're short on presentable linens, Red Ribbon has Sundry towels available in a beautiful range of colours). 

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