If it’s your turn to be the host this Christmas, then the chances are you’re already thinking about what you’re going to cook and if everyone’s going to fit around the dining table. Another important element to consider is the sleeping arrangements and preparing any guest bedrooms. It’s a good idea to tackle these bits now because it’s simple to do and it leaves you more time for the fancy flourishes later on.
Create Some Christmas Magic
It’s important not to go too overboard with the Christmas decorations in the guest bedroom but that doesn’t mean it’s all bah humbug. Use whatever space you have wisely, if there’s a mantelpiece or wide windowsill then use these as display areas for bowls of sparkly pinecones or a gorgeous wreath. It’s not all about the surface area either, you could hang candy canes or pretty baubles from picture frames, clothes hangers or the ends of the curtain rail – just make sure you’re not hanging them somewhere they might get in the way.
Consider the things you might have added to a guest bedroom normally and how you could make these Christmassy instead. You could replace the plain blankets with some in a snowflake design, buy some tasteful festive bed covers and put some seasonal books on the bedside table such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Candles are great for creating a cozy atmosphere, especially with scents like mulled wine or mandarin and cinnamon. If you need something a bit safer because there’s little hands around why not try bowls of seasonal scented potpourri instead and place them a little bit higher than normal.
Make Sure It’s Comfortable
It’s alright giving 100 percent with the decoration but if the room isn’t a calm, relaxing and comfortable place for your guests to sleep then they might be wishing they’d stayed at a hotel instead. Ensure that any of the decorations near the bed aren’t in the way – fairy lights draped around the headboard might seem like a great idea at the time but your guests won’t be thanking you if they get their hair tangled up in them. Avoid any Christmas decorations that make a noise or have flashy lights unless you want to find them in the trash can in the morning.
Although you probably want to deliver the wow factor it’s important to still approach this task the same as you would any other bedroom at any other time of year. The priority is always going to be getting a good night’s sleep and the main contributor is, of course, the bed. Making the bed up with clean, fresh bed linen is great but have you checked the bed itself first. Test for broken slats, wobbly legs and make sure the springs aren’t popping out of the mattress. A great way to avoid the spring dilemma is to invest in a memory foam mattress. A bed-in-a-box solution cuts out all the time and hassle of buying one too, handy when you’re rushing around at Christmas!
So really, as long as you make sure your guest bedroom is clean, tidy and comfortable with a sprinkle of Christmas magic here and there then there’s no reason why your guests would ever want to leave. As for organizing Christmas dinner, well I’ll leave that one for you to figure out!
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