This post sponsored by Lowe’s.
As the holidays approach, in the rush of decorating and gift buying, it’s easy to overlook getting your home ready for holiday guests. But it’s not that hard to do, and a few minutes can add warm touches that will make your guests feel extra special.
Inspired by the recent Lowe’s Holiday Ready Home live webcast,
I’ve compiled three tips for getting your home ready for holiday guests — easily and quickly!
Plus, I’ll share with you how YOU could win a $50 Lowe’s Gift Card to help with your holiday decorating!
Tip 1: Make your home’s entry inviting.
(The picture above is from the 1905 Cottage Porch.)
You may have an apartment or not much of a porch. You may have a spectacular portico with plenty of room to decorate. But no matter what your porch/front door looks like, you’re always going to be pressed for time to make it look festive and inviting.
One of my favorite quotes from the Lowe’s Holiday Ready Home live webcast was this:
“You don’t have to recreate the wheel. You just have to make the wheel a little bit cooler.”
So while you can spend hours creating an amazing porch-door-entryscape, you don’t have to if you don’t have time. But you can clean it and add a festive wreath — which doesn’t take hours.
Every year, we spend only about 30 minutes cleaning our porch to make sure it looks inviting for our holiday guests. We usually stock up on at least one new broom from Lowe’s (this year our push broom had bit the dust so we picked up a new one). We clean the leaves out of the gutter, which goes quickly, and then sweep all of the accumulated leaves and dirt from the porch. We remove autumn decor and any cushions that might not stand up to winter weather. And finally we add some of our favorite holiday decor to the porch — like we did at the cottage. (Yes, I’ll be talking about the porch at my home soon.)
(One of my favorite segments of the Lowe’s Holiday Ready Home live webcast — on the “porch” — had some great ideas, too:
Tip 2: Don’t store it – display it!
One of the great things about being a decor blogger is that I get to change my holiday decor every year. One of the downsides of being a decor blogger is that I change my holiday decor every year. So even when there’s something I really liked from a previous year, odds are it won’t fit this year’s color scheme. While I do donate some of my decor and give some to friends, there are some favorite pieces I can’t bear to part with.
(We store all of our past decor in identical plastic tubs in a storage closet built to fit them — tubs and wood for shelving all from Lowe’s.)
As you’re unpacking your holiday decor, put aside a few favorite items you can make into a holiday vignette for your guest room or wherever your guests will stay!
For example, I’ve used last year’s chalkboard ornament — part of the Winter White Photo Tree — to write a welcome message in our guest room.
Tip 3: Add the Personal Touch
This, too, takes only a few minutes. When you’re out doing holiday shopping or even grocery shopping, you can pick up an inexpensive, small gift — or even a few — for your guests. Does your mother in law love dark chocolate? Pick up a small chocolate bar. Stopping by the dollar section in your favorite store? Grab a few simple items to keep the kids entertained.
Again, inspired by the fun segment on the Scandinavian tradition of receiving small gifts in winter boots, you might use some winter boots as decor in your guest room, or anywhere, really. Grab some LED Christmas lights in a color that complements your decor — you can even get a small string of battery-operated ones — at Lowe’s. String some in the top of each boot, and set the small presents in the top.
You could use any small container for this idea; I’ve even just created a small “nest” of lights — with a few presents on top — on the guest room dresser.
What’s your favorite holiday guest decor prep tip?
(Self-medication is not the answer I’m looking for – LOL!)
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To help you get started with YOUR holiday decorating,
Lowe’s is giving one lucky reader a $50 gift card!
Here’s how you can enter to win!
You can also follow Lowe’s on Facebook for more great ideas and sign up for their FREE Creative Ideas Magazine with TONS of great DIY ideas and instructions!!
What are YOU most excited to create for the holidays???
Let me know in the comments!!
Have a FESTIVE day!
Thanks to Lowe’s for providing sponsorship for this post; the opinions and content are mine. See my disclosures.
Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutante says
Great decorating tips and FABULOUS giveaway! I’m sharing on Pinterest 🙂 Hope you have a great rest of your week!
Diary of a Debutante
Jessica w says
I tweeted https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/407601104579338240
Darla Bunyan says
Shared on google+, fb, and pinterest. I need this one!!!!!! Thanks Jen for the chance!
Edith Pont says
Love your yellow door!!! Did you buy it that way or did you paint it? Would love a yellow door 🙂 I’m inspired!
Mary Gardner says
My tip fr guests is to keep thinks like assorted nuts, cheese, crackers, olives, cookies and candies in your pantry to have when unexpected guests arrive. Just put them in silver or glass bowls and trays for a nice but quick snack
Mary Gardner says
shared on fb: https://www.facebook.com/mj.gardner.58/posts/190605551131603
Kelly M says
shared on twitter!
Alissa S. says
I shared this on Pinterest!
Jessica w says
I tweeted about this giveaway https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/406866658943184896
Debra Womack says
I shared! Thanks for the good tips. 🙂
Patty K. says
I love everything about the holidays and this year I get to spend it with my first grandchild who will be 11 months on Christmas.
I shared! https://twitter.com/Wild4Wednesdays/status/406797629452845056
Nataly Carbonell says
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Amanda Sakovitz says
Helen Gullett says
Thanks for a chance to win this gift card from Lowes… we don’t have a christmas tree, winning this give card can be a great blessing for us to go buying one 🙂
Donna Ingalls says
I’m most excited about making a Christmas wreath for my front door out of items purchased at Lowe’s.
Anjie Behunin says
I don’t normally have any guests for the Holidays at least not ones that stay for longer than coffee and a chat. But I AM inspired to make my small porch and “entry way” a little more inviting even for those short visits.
This year I am decorating my house red, silver, and aqua. We recently moved and my regular decorations are still in storage. So I am creating my own things. They are adorable! I did see a few things to add to the fun at Lowes. I can’t wait to decorate!
Annie Haste says
I really enjoyed this post! I’m not the greatest decorator in the world and tend to get a little overwhelmed this time of year. These tips made everything seem really doable. Thanks!
I think the best idea to welcome guests is a wreath. I just love doing mesh deco wreaths. I did one in silver to match my silver theme. One in lime green to match my white/green theme. A candy cane one to match my Red/White theme. I plan on doing one for my sil in red with recycled diet coke ornaments.
Pam Sohan says
Oops ! I forgot. I shared on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pam.allensohan/posts/10201014353346864
So many great tips Jen. I agree- it can be hard to part with certain favorites – changing them up to fit the new theme is something that has been on my mind.
Loved seeing your reflection in the window 🙂
Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed- you were on my mind.
Pam Sohan says
Decorating ! and two whole weeks of NOT driving the kiddos to school. It’s an hour trip in each direction, twice a day. I LOVE school holidays.
eva scott says
Tara @ Suburble says
Super fun giveaway! Thanks, Jen!
You are welcome Tara! Happy Thanksgiving!!