Be the Perfect Holiday Hostess Last week we shared a few tips on being a gracious holiday guest. This week, we’re back with pointers that apply to the other side of the equation—being a hospitable host. Create a memorable holiday event or stay-over with these hints. Do Your Prep Work Simply put, have things ready for your guests when they arrive. You don’t want them to feel like they are in the way while you clean the guest bath or prep a casserole for the oven. Set aside some time to do those things before they arrive, so you can focus on them and your time together. Stock the Home Whether you’re hosting overnight guests or a brunch with friends, make sure your house is stocked with all the essentials, including plenty of food, beverages, and paper products. Think about the placement and accessibility of these items, too, so your guests feel at home and know where to find everything—be it an extra cocktail napkin (we love this option) for their mimosa or a bath towel for the shower. Provide Entertainment Equally as important as having all the necessities is having a bit of fun. If you’re having company for only a few hours, pick a quick game that can wrap up quickly or create a playlist the group will love. For a girls’ night, try a game of truth or dare with this set that features 100 options. If you’re hosting a party for kids, let them take turns at creating a melting snowman. If you’re entertaining overnight guests, plan an outing. For example, if they haven’t visited your area before, show them the sights or take them to the local burger joint and museum. If they grew up in the area, plan a few favorite stops to make them feel at home again. Don’t Forget the Christmas Spirit Whether it’s a visit from the man in red himself, a festive pajama and movie night for out-of-town guests, or a few aptly placed decorations that signal the season, now it is the time to let your spirit shine—after all, ‘tis only the season once a year.