Tips for hosting the holidays in your new home

This is what you’ve been dreaming about. You’re finally settled into your new home and it will soon be filled with the laughter of friends and hugs from your loved ones. But before they ring your doorbell, here are a few suggestions to help reduce your stress and increase your joy.

Think about how you want to maintain your brand-new house when friends gather:

  • Should people wear shoes inside or should they be left at the door?
  • Do you want people to only eat and drink in certain rooms?
  • Should overnight visitors bring their pets or keep them at home?
  • Are there any areas that are off limits to children or pets?

Include old traditions along with new activities including some of these fun ideas:

  • Take a group photo next to an outside tree every year. It will be a great way to show the growth of your family tree, as you add new people to the picture each subsequent year.
  • Get a large white tablecloth and permanent markers or fabric paint. Ask each person to write down their favorite food on the tablecloth. Next year, pull out the tablecloth and add a new topic such as their favorite holiday memory, along with the date. It’s sure to become a long-lasting family heirloom. (Test how the paint and fabric hold up in the laundry before your gathering.)
  • After giving people a tour of your new home, play a trivia game asking questions about specific things throughout the house like the color of the guest bedroom, how many bathrooms you have, how many steps lead to the basement (or second floor), how many decorative pillows were on the master bed, or how many rooms have a ceiling fan. Give a prize to the guest who gets the most answers right — one of the many editions of Clue, the boardgame, seems appropriate.

Buy a plunger before you need a plunger and other ways to plan ahead:

  • Decide where you will you put everyone’s coats and purses when they arrive. If you don’t have a large coat closet, you can rent a coat rack from an event supply store. Put purses out of reach of little ones and pets — handbags often contain medication or other items that are dangerous when in the wrong hands (or paws).
  • Create a “Feel Better Basket” you can keep on the kitchen counter (or some other accessible spot). It could include antacids, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, adhesive bandages, over-the-counter allergy medications, and other helpful items.
  • Put your Wi-Fi password on the fridge or send it out in a group text.
  • If you’re having overnight guests, decide where everyone will sleep and which bathroom each person will use ahead of time. Double-check that you have enough clean linens, air mattresses, easy breakfast foods, and more.
  • Set out a basket with a towel, washcloth, toothbrush, sample size toothpaste and other travel necessities for each guest to use while they’re staying with you. Consider including ear plugs for guests who may be unable to sleep with the joyful chaos of a houseful of visitors.
The most important thing to remember is that a house is just a house — but a home is where memories are made. Happy holidays from everyone at KBHS Home Loans!
- Nov 22, 2021