Visiting family members and out-of-town friends deserve a comfortable spot to rest and refresh when they stay in your home. Fortunately, hosting holiday guests is a snap when you rely on these quick ideas to boost comfort and Christmas-time cheer. And best of all, these easy upgrades can offer year-round enjoyment with just a few minor tweaks.
Say Hello with a Sweet Side Table
Greet your guests with their own mini tree decorated with berries, snow, and pinecones (#329230). A linen napkin tied around the base softens the look and coordinates with nearby bedding. Personalize a frame by brushing on chalk¬board paint (#203261); write a friendly greeting with chalk markers. Insert a favorite photo of you and your guest as a final touch.
Snuggle Up with a Santa Pillow
Transform a velvet Santa suit (#270336) into a charming pillow with belted accent. Encourage guests to curl up with a bedtime story by tying together a few favorite holiday books with ribbon.
Give Off a Warm Glow
Make the bed a haven of cozy calm by adding soft lighting. Use a cordless drill and basic hand tools to quickly hang a pair of wall-mount arm sconces (#266233) and plug them into nearby receptacles. Use a needle and yarn to embroider the cloth shades with a simple design (such as leaves, stripes, or zigzags) that looks great during the holiday -- and beyond.
Highlight the Headboard
Center a colorful berry wreath (#329211) over the bed to make this area a focal point.
Take Care of Tired Travelers
Make guests feel at home with a sign directing them to amenities. Remove the clip from a clipboard and apply a layer of chalkboard paint (#203261). Thread a ribbon through the holes in the top of the board and write a note with a chalk marker. Hang from the cabinet, drawer, or closet where you store extra supplies.
Please Their Palettes
Set up a petite coffee and snack bar inside a cabinet or on a side table. Place a 4-cup coffee maker (#19338) on a convenient tray and accompany with mugs, napkins, and treats.
Slip into Serenity
Give your guests a stress-free space to bathe and groom by painting bathroom walls a cool blue, adding chrome hardware, and supplying lots of fluffy white linens.
Punch Up Poinsettias
Use scissors to trim clusters of colored leaves from a potted poinsettia and place them in small vases for pops of holiday cheer.
Pamper with Elegant Extras
Wrap bars of soap with holiday papers (#149083 and #147995) and stack them on a small cake stand alongside holiday greens and ornaments (#72079). Sew a little gift bag using leftover fabric from a velvet Santa suit (#270336) and fill with travel-size lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, and other sundries.
Suggest a Soothing Soak
Spray paint the lids of canning jars (#113004) and fill them with scented bath salts. Wrap strips of decorative paper or ribbon around each jar and secure with an adhesive letter or sticker.
Install a robe hook (#295298) on a wall or door and provide guests with a downy-soft bath robe. For a jovial touch, spray paint a wooden suit hanger (#325802) and tie on a sprig of greens with a satin ribbon.
Shower with Shimmer and Shine
Convert two cotton twill window panels (#245158) into a shower curtain by hanging them on a single shower rod. Sew large buttons to each tab top and dangle pairs of non-breakable ornaments (#72079) tied together with thin ribbon or decorative string.