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When your family, and friends you grew up with live so very far away, one of the best things about holidays undoubtedly becomes having overnight visitors. Growing up in a Mediterranean culture, hospitality was definitely a quality that I observed in abundance. I try to infuse bits and pieces of it into my adult life; especially when it comes to making holiday guests feel welcome at our home.

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Here is What I Do To Make My Overnight Holiday Guests Feel the Most Welcome

1) Clean and Organize My House From Top To Bottom 

Now I am not even going to pretend my house is in a pristine condition every single day. I mean I have three kids; two of them still pretty young.  Daily we have toys laying around, books scattered on the floor, and craft projects over our dinner table. When it comes to having guests at my house tough, overnight or for dinner, I make sure to clean and completely organize my home from top to bottom.

I dust the bookshelves, the photo frames, and the TV.  I wipe the countertops, door knobs, and sinks with Lysol Disinfecting Wipes. I make sure to pay attention to all details. I think a spic and span & organized house is a place guests feel comfortable in. Make sure to finish this at least a day before the guests arrive. You wouldn’t ever want to waste your precious time with them trying to tidy up.

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2) Put Together A Welcome Basket With All the Essentials and Some Holiday Related Pretties 

I love gift baskets, and putting them together for people I love. For overnight guests I believe it is a necessity, and also a really beautiful way to say welcome to our home. I like to put it on the guest bed with a note. Here is how I put together a holiday welcome basket.

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I started with a beautiful wicker basket in dark brown. It was already lined with plaid fabric; you know how much I adore plaid ladies. I bought extra ribbon and put a double bow on top of the basket by folding the ribbon over the handle and tying on top.

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First, I went shopping at CVS for the essentials. Smartwater for hydration during the night, Halls to have on hand if the guests throats feels scratchy overnight after all the activities of the day outside. ( Halls is such a necessity for me during winter season)

I added Premium Saltine Crackers for those late night or mid-day cravings, and a gorgeously packaged Kleenex perfect to be carried in purses. I even put some Lysol disinfecting wipes in case they feel like they want to wipe the guest bathroom sink once more after the young kids wash their hands covered with all the holiday food goodness haha.

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After I was done with essentials, I wanted to give some color and holiday cheer to my welcome basket. I added a mini nutcracker, a notepad to write shopping lists on, a lavender pack for the ladies’ drawers, a mug fit for fashionistas, ( I got one for myself too 🙂 ), ready-made crafts for the kids, and a pair of polka dot socks for those extra cold nights.

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I also tied a “Happy Holidays” ornament to my basket. It serves decorating purposes right now, and when my guests take the basket to their homes, they can use the ornament on their own trees.

3) Plan Activities Around Your City

Although it is always a pleasure to come back home for a delicious holiday dinner, I make sure to plan outings for my guests. Our overnight guests are almost always from out of state, and even international. It is extra special for us to share with them the beauties of our city.  Depending on how the weather is treating us, I make sure to take them to sightseeing, and to our favorite spots for eating, coffee and pictures. I also try to squeeze in a play or a ballet such as the Nutcracker.

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Head to your local CVS to find all your welcome basket essentials. Also starting Sunday 11/15 through the end of the week, if you spend $15 at your  CVS store you will receive $5 in extra bucks!

How do you get ready for overnight holiday guests ladies? I would love to hear your thoughts, tips, and ideas. Leave your comments below to share them with us.

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Hope you’ll have the best time with your overnight guests this holiday season. XOXO,

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  • Talba1

    I want that basket of goodies☺️ Love your sweater of love.

    • Theboxqueen

      I am glad you liked it dear; I love gift baskets myself. <3 That sweater btw has the coziest fuzzy fabric 🙂 Happy Weekend! XOXO, Elif

  • Momma Told Me

    I love the idea of planning things to do round the city. I am the worst local guide- I could probably even discover some new landmarks! #client

    • Theboxqueen

      It’s always fun to try to squeeze in a couple outings; guests seem to like it and I actually learned a lot about our city myself trying to plan things :-)) Happy Weekend! XOXO, Elif

  • Sibel Gultekin

    The basket has everything for every family member. For me, the Lysol would be most useful.

    • Theboxqueen

      Hahaha yes Sibel the Lysol wipes is very you 🙂 and I think a must for little touch-ups in the bathroom. I try to include a little something for everyone in the family. Have the best day my dear. XOXO, Elif