Opening your home to visitors this festive season needn’t be stressful – the secret is forward planning. Here’s everything you need to make sure it all goes without a hitch.
Plenty of plates (and bowls)
Remember those dishes you chipped over Summer and have forgotten to replace? Now’s the time to do so. With Christmas dinner, Boxing Day buffets and an assortment of other hosting duties to cater for, there’s no such thing as too much crockery. Plus, this is the last season before our Artisan collection is discontinued, so it’s the perfect time to top up your set.
Deck to impress
If you’re having guests over, you’ll want to give your house a little more than the average festive makeover. Don’t just trim the tree, deck out your hallway, lounge and the rest of your space, as well. Add rustic garlands to the staircase and mantelpiece, fill vases with Winter foliage and hang excess baubles along banisters to create a truly magical welcome. Find more decorating inspiration here.
Scent the scene
Candles are the key to creating a welcoming ambience for visitors. Look to festive fragrance for a seasonal approach, and create a striking display by placing clusters of candles together. Plus, think further afield and update your bathroom with fresh bath & body ranges for guests to enjoy.
For overnight visitors
Make their stay hotel-worthy with fluffy new towels, cosy bedding and a snuggly-soft robe hung by their bed. For an extra-indulgent touch, place a little gift on their pillow to welcome them – our Seychelles cracker is the perfect choice, filled with a pampering Hand & Body Crème, Mini Shower Gel and Lip Balm.
During the festive season, you can never quite be sure who will turn up. Keep a small stash of already-wrapped presents in a drawer, so you’re prepared for unexpected gifts. Opt for crowd-pleasers, such as cashmere socks, a Signature Candle, or a luxury scarf. They’re guaranteed to be well-received.
Looking for more hosting tips? Discover our You’re Invited feature.