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Tips for Finding or Creating the Perfect Space for Holiday Entertaining

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It’s never too early to start thinking about logistics if you are in charge of holiday entertaining. You may consider booking a rental house if your family is large enough to require a bigger space. Follow the five tips below when planning for the holidays and your efforts will be sure to impress your guests and add comfort to the occasion, presented by Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty.

Peruse Online Listings and Book Early

Rental houses primed for holiday gatherings are often snapped up quickly. Ask the family about plans early. If you collectively decide that you will be hosting the gathering this year, start looking at holiday rentals as early as fall break to book travel arrangements, finalize how many rooms you need, and determine whether the indoor and outdoor entertaining areas are large enough for your family. Holiday rentals that are closer in proximity may be open to you visiting and touring the property in advance of the season. You can often save on the final price if you book early.

Stock the Pantry With Snacks

Anyone hosting multiple people in their home should remember to prepare the bedrooms, plan for dinners, and think of activities to occupy children. In addition, stock the pantry and fridge full of a variety of easy-to-open, healthy snacks and offer finger foods to guests — especially if you are the type of person who does not like to snack or only eats two meals a day. You may be surprised by how hungry your family members, especially the youngest ones, get during the daytime, and it’s best to be prepared.

Keep Supplies for Children on Hand

If you are hosting a family with young children or babies, or if you are planning multiple holiday gatherings in your home with guest lists that are not yet finalized, get together a stockpile of basic supplies nearby such as age-appropriate toys, diapers, and wipes. Make sure to place all breakables and valuables out of reach if you will be hosting young children.

Refresh Your Own Home’s Furniture

To keep everyone comfortable, spruce up your furniture and clean your carpets to remove allergens before hosting guests. In the worst-case scenario, you may see stains that you can’t remove by yourself. It may be time to research upholstery cleaners. Read through reviews online on sites such as Angi and ask for referrals from happy customers you know before you ask for quotes and determine whether the company meets your needs before calling. Try to steer clear of cleaners who claim to work with all-in-one tools, as they likely do not understand the nuances of cleaning high-quality upholstery.

Hosting parties and gatherings during the holidays can be a source of great fun — but it may also come with a little or a lot of stress. Plan ahead as much as you can, pay attention to the details of what people may do or want to eat during the gathering, and do as much cleaning as possible beforehand to create a happy, healthy ambiance at your holiday gathering.

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