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How to Prepare your Home for Guests This Christmas (+ a Giveaway!)

We've entered into December! It's official, the countdown has begun, the lists have been made and the pressure has been piled on - all in preparation for that one perfect festive day. 

With so much to do, time certainly isn't on our side and I don't know about you, but I have way too much to do, without worrying about giving the guest bedroom a whole new makeover this Christmas. That being said, I would still want guests to feel comfortable and at home during their stay, so here's some quick solutions to make sure your guests have the best stay this Christmas.


christmas inspired shower curtain


Refresh the Bathroom/En-Suite

Give the bathroom a quick refresh this Christmas without the hassle. Why not swap the existing shower curtain for something fresh, new and more themed. We all know you haven't cleaned the old one in months and the mildew is showing. Save the deep clean for January (it takes far too long!) and opt for something affordable, festive and much less time-consuming. This Christmas inspired shower curtain by Croydex would be perfect this Christmas time!

For maximum bathroom comfort, pop some towels into the tumble dryer to give them that plump soft hotel-finish. Make sure to keep a few 'stand-by' toothbrushes as well, just in case any guests for forget to bring them - which actually happens more than you might think!







apple and pine needle yankee candle

Inject Fresh Scents

If your guest room doesn't get much use throughout the rest of the year, it can develop a bit of an un-lived 'stale' smell. Not very welcoming! Make sure to change the bedding with clean sheets (even if the current ones haven't been used!) and place little scent bags  like these inside the wardrobe and drawers to stop your guests clothes from inheriting any bad smells. 

I also recommend adding some scented candles (the yankee christmas collection is uh-mazing) for some extra festive scents, which never fail bring anyone into the Christmas spirit!






Clear Clutter and Stock Supplies

Make sure your guest bedroom is clear of everything your guests don't need. Clear any unnecessary paperwork, (we all know these end up in spare bedrooms!) remove the treadmill that hasn't seen any action since last January and generally make sure the room is an uncluttered space with room to move.

I think it's also a great idea to make sure the room is well stocked with anything they might need. Pop some extra throws in the wardrobe, add some paper, pens and spare chargers in the bedside table and make sure the room has a mirror to get ready with. This one's especially important if you only have the one bathroom, you don't want any morning fights for the bathroom mirror!




festive flowers from prestige flowers

Add Some Fresh Flowers

For a truly luxury stay, pick up some fresh flowers and bring a bit of the outside in. These christmas ones would look incredible, but for a cheaper solution, you might find some ready for picking in the garden, or you can find smaller cheaper bunches at your local market or supermarket. A tiny price that makes a huge difference to both the room and your guests! Flowers after all, brighten up everyones day.







Accessorise from Around the House

Everyone loves a beautifully decorated room, but with lack of time (and money!) you need not bring the painters and curtain tailors in... My top tip here, is to just take statement pieces from around the home that you can put into the guest bedroom to 'spruce' it up and give it that warm homely feeling. Perhaps prop a print up on the dresser, or put some fairy lights into a glass vase. Maybe even steal the odd cushion from the downstairs couch. No need to go wild or crazy, just add a bit of character and personality into the room and your guests will have a thoroughly warm and welcoming stay this Christmas.


win a shower curtain


So there's my five top tips for creating a welcoming space for your guests this Christmas! I'd love to know if you have any extra tips to add? Are you often a host for guests at Christmas? What do you think makes a pleasant stay?!

As part of this post, Croydex are giving away 5 stunning christmas inspired shower curtains (pictured above) to five lucky winners! To enter, all you have to do is enter your details into the Rafflecopter below. Competition will run for until midnight on 14th December! Good Luck :)




a Rafflecopter giveaway


Starry Shower Curtain


...and happy hosting! ;)


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26 comments

  1. I spend it round my parents so i don't have any tips. I adore this giveaway though so thankyou x

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  2. Declutter a week before.
    Invest in at least one high quality Christmas candle
    If you run out of time, make sure that at least the bathrooms are clean.

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  3. What a great giveaway! Mine is definitely starting to get a bit too mouldy!
    My top tip: give the house a good dusting. I Hoover all the time but I'm a bit lax with dusting so always try to give it a good go before guests come round!

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  4. a lot of hiding things in the cupboards

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  5. Be organised, Have your guest room all prepared days before Christmas (If you are having any one staying over) If however you are going away for Christmas it is good to pack your bag a few days before hand so you are not rushing at the last minute.
    Same with everything really, do everything as soon as you can
    Merry Christmas :)

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  6. Be organised by end of November

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  7. Make a list of what needs to be done! Sometimes you can forget things when you're busy; & remember to stay calm.

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  8. Give the house a real good clean and buy loads of yummy food

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  9. Make sure you have a variety of drinks xx

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  10. Try to get any bigger jobs done and out the way in November! xx

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  11. Make a list and so One room at at time. I also enrole the help of my daughter or a friend if possible.

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  12. Don't care about tidyness too much

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  13. Tidy, make sure they feel at home and have lots of nice food

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  14. Make sure house tidy and clean and some nice treats and drinks

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  15. Have a back up in the freezer for each course then no matter what goes wrong you are covered!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  16. Declutter & a mini spring clean the week before Christmas.Get the kids to tidy & keep tidy one part of the house (with praise & reward)!

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  17. Plan out meals in advance so you're never stuck for what to make them.

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  18. Do as much as you can in advance so you can spread things out, and remember you don't have to be perfect and nor does your home!

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  19. I go to my parents for christmas :o

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  20. Ply them (and yourself) with alcohol - so they don't notice how messy it is or how you've used frozen spuds instead of cooked them yourself - mwahaha!

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