Crystal's Top 3 Tips: Holiday Hosting
Crystal Johnson | November 27, 2019
Every year, I have the pleasure of hosting either the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I take a lot of pride in having my family over for a few days and ensure that their time visiting is comfortable, fun and memorable!
Here’s the HOW on my holiday hosting and keeping things merry and bright for me and the fam:
1. Hospitality: HOTEL [insert your family nickname] IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Prior to my family’s arrival, I ensure all bedroom linens are cleaned and changed, pillows & blankets are in abundance and bathroom towels and supplies are readily available. While hosting, the last thing I want is for my family to not have the basic essentials to make their stay comfortable – I want them to feel at home.
Pro tip from Hotel Crys: When changing linen, I love to use linen spray; try Heirloom Variety Lavender Mist Linen Spray to make the room more inviting & relaxing!
2. Options: Hosting means to be accommodating and that means taking everyone into consideration when planning. Make sure there are options for snacks, games, movies even dessert! Plan ahead and be mindful of making choices for, or with, the family that accommodate all. If necessary, some activities and food can be planned separately for the little ones and older family members. For us, the hardest option is choosing the dessert — I like to include disposable dessert bowls for hearty servings & easy clean up!
3. Win: No matter what this season, you will WIN as the host/hostess! While planning, be sure to take time for yourself so you can enjoy the season as well. To help me feel like a WINNER, I plan a post-holiday self care day or pencil in some downtime for some binge-worthy Netflix shows. The major win is being around family & loved ones.
Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong way to host – just be you! Love and cherish the moment!
Happy Thanksgiving, Tribe!