There’s hosting, and then there’s holiday hosting. From quaint dinners with friends beside the fire to family-filled weekends where traditions take hold, there’s nothing quite like celebrating the spirit of the season by bringing together those you love, all under one roof.
With some hosting of our own coming up, we asked our resident expert Jenni to shed some light on what she does to get her home ready for holiday visitors. Cue up the holiday melodies, focus on subtle winter accents, and think beyond the modes of décor. Whether you’re hosting a small dinner or have overnight guests all week, it’s the finer details that come together to cultivate a comfortable, thoughtful hosting experience to remember.
1. Keep things cozy with homemade fire starters and a healthy stockpile of wood
Our favorite place for special holiday moments is around a roaring fire. Spruce your mantle up with seasonal decorations like stockings and greenery, and keep guests comfortable with easy access to wood and a quick solution for starting fires. Sit back, relax, and let the memories make themselves.
2. Stay warm with a toast over tea or hot toddys
Whether you’re hosting your closest friends or more children than you thought possible this season, making group-size batches of warm, seasonal drinks is the ultimate show of holiday hospitality without all the fuss.
3. Layer sheepskins and blankets across ottomans and chairs
Create a cozy feel for your guests with blankets on the feet of beds, stacked in baskets, and styled on the couch. Give your extra chairs a touch of warmth with a sheepskin so everyone feels comfortable making themselves at home.
4. Burn ash or woodsy candles to give your home an instant sense of winter
Bringing the outdoors in is our favorite way to connect with nature during the holiday season. Woodsy, ashy scents like cedar and ash bring the feeling of pine trees and roaring fires to even the warmest of locations.
5. From tablescapes to entryway spaces, bring in holiday greenery to elevate each space
Pine cones and needles (or any dark, lush greenery you can find outdoors) make any space feel holiday ready. Place it on any surface that needs a little extra love and your guests will feel right at home for the hoildays.
6. Cue up the seasonal playlist and fill the speakers with holiday music
There’s no easier step to making your home feel like the holiday hub than putting on your favorite holiday playlist. Whether it’s Christmas classics or the songs that give you that winter feeling, you’re sure to get even the most reluctant of guests in a relaxed wintertime mood.