Super Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Space for Holiday Guests
And the products you need to make it happen!
As your social calendar fills up with holiday dinners, gift exchanges, cocktail parties, cookie swaps, and the like, it’s only natural to want to get your entertaining space in the festive spirit too.
Luckily, you don’t have to make big changes to transform your home or apartment into a warm and welcoming spot for dinner guests and visitors. Whether your guests are dropping in for an evening or staying for the weekend, they’ll be sure to appreciate these simple swaps that can uplevel your home to a full-on holiday haven.
Keep reading to see our tips and product picks for making your space the ultimate entertainment zone.
Any super host knows that a guest should feel welcome from the second they walk in the front door. The fastest way to make guests feel at home? Through their stomach, of course. Stock up on Influenster’s top-rated sweets such as Ferror Rocher. Or, snag a holiday-ready one such as the 32-piece, luxury Godiva Limited Edition Sparkle Holiday Chocolate Collection ($47.96). This comes complete with festive flavors including: White Chocolate Raspberry, Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa, and Milk Chocolate Almond Caramel.
Next, offer your guest a sip of their choice to warm them up. A simple mixer set such as the Libbey® Glass Modern Bar 7-Piece Cocktail Mixologist Set ($49.99) makes sure you’re armed with everything you need to play bartender. Plus, the set is so stylish that it can double as decor all holiday season long.
Another simple way to take your home to next-level entertaining space is to ensure your guests are as cozy as can be during their stay. Transform game or movie night with the Threshold Chenille Lounge Pillow ($40), which is not only stylish with tassels and bows, but also wildly practical — it unravels to become a full lounge station. Pair the pillow with a beyond-warm, sherpa blanket for a match made in holiday heaven. Shop the Fireside Cozy Sherpa Reversible Throw ($49) for a reversible, machine wash-safe, and durable option.
For overnight guests, consider having an extra robe on hand so they can get snug all throughout their stay. The Holiday Buffalo Check Plaid Fleece Matching Family Pajama Robe from Wondershop ($25) packs a warm punch thanks to a fleece-lined interior and will make any guest feel like they’re getting the royal treatment.
One of the absolute easiest (and most affordable) ways to instantly transform your space is through fragrance. Filling your home with rich, warm, festive scents can help set the perfect mood for the day.
Those hosting a dinner party or looking to impress this season, should opt for a diffuser set that’s both visually appealing and perfectly potent. The Nest Fragrances Petite Trio Diffuser Set ($55) features three petite diffusers all with decorative holiday bottles and fragrances: birchwood pine, blue cypress and snow, and a holiday mix of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon.
Need a quicker option to last all holiday season? Bath & Body Works Frosted Cranberry Room Spray ($8.50) is a budget-friendly way to zest up any room in the house instantly. Plus, the room spray is so concentrated you only need two sprays to fill your room and set the mood, fast!
For those guests traveling far, give them the ultimate gift of a good night’s sleep. Target has affordable options for bedding that allow you to quickly update a guest room and create a destination for any weary traveler.
The Threshold Sherpa & Plush Reversible Plaid Comforter & Sham Set ($49) comes in a variety of festive colors to uplevel your spare room to cozy cabin-level. Plus, the bedding set includes both a comforter and a coordinating pillow sham, making it a great budget find.
And although you could go all out with fancy decor or new furniture, what will really make any guest feel special are the smaller details. Foods that are reminiscent of home, pieces that are tied to memories, details that spark a conversation — those are what will make an impression.
Consider outfitting your space with an Echo Show 5 ($84.99). The device has all the features of an Amazon Echo (smart-home features, routine settings, alarms, video capabilities etc.) but it’s also a digital frame. Pre-set it to display fun family photos or memories you shared with your guests so you can relive fun times while making new ones! Plus, you can even connect it to Spotify to play your favorite tunes.
Lastly, conversation starters are always a way to guests’ hearts. Anecdote Candle’s latest release for their “Candle of the Year” collection is a humorous ode to 2022. The 2022 citrus and jasmine candle ($26) boasts a comical label that reads “smells like high hopes and low expectations” — a quip which is sure to spark some smiles and fun conversation among guests.