This coming Easter and Passover weekend is a big one for visiting friends and family. Many of us will be throwing open the door to that little used spare room or tossing an inflatable mattress down in the basement.
For the person hosting the get-together, preparing for guests can be a bit of a nightmare. You have to consider your guests likes and dislikes, allergies and sensitivities. Will children accompany the adults? Will you eat banquet style around a central table or will you forgo cooking entirely?
So many questions!
Don’t worry, I’ve compiled a few tips to get you through these next few days. Better yet, not only will you get through them, you’re going to enjoy every moment you spend with your friends and family … just make sure you follow these tips first!
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Decorate. Place pretty vases loaded with fresh flowers around your home. Just the sight of those blooms with lift everyone’s mood and reduce stress.
Refresh. Whether you’re giving up your own bed for a guest or are relegating them to a spare bedroom, take up all the bed linens and give them a good wash. I like to use scented laundry detergent. But, you can also add a bit of natural lavender water to a spray bottle and spritz the linens and pillow cases.
Display. Did one of your visiting guests give you a gift that you’ve stashed away in a box somewhere? Now’s the time to put it out and display it!
Work ahead. Depending on how much space you have (and whether you have a dedicated dining room), you can try to cut out some of the last minute chores by setting the table well ahead of time. Of course, you can also assign your guests to this task, too. I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to help out!
Weather it. Check the weather forecast. You’re definitely going to want to know if you will all be packed into your home during one of the worst rainstorms in recent history, or whether you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Plan activities accordingly.
To cook or not…. Even if you plan on cooking the main meal, consider whether you want to be responsible for cooking every meal over the course of the weekend. You can ask your guests ahead of time to come prepared to cook at least one meal. Or you can bake (or buy!) ready-made muffins, sandwich fixings, and other food that will keep you out of the kitchen while calming your guests hunger pangs. Just because your guests are staying with you, doesn’t mean that you can’t go out to a restaurant (either separately or together).
How do you deal with a houseful of guests?