TOP 10 TIPS TO MAKE GUEST APPEARANCES FUN
Take the stress out of hosting family and friends with our guide to happy holidays, writes Robyn Willis
To paraphrase the great Charles Dickens, Christmas can be the best of times and the worst of times. Most of us genuinely enjoy spending time with family and friends at this time of year but there’s no doubt that, when you’re hosting, there’s a lot of work involved.
If you have the added pleasure — or pressure — of having guests staying with you, there’s so much more to think about, from where to set up their bed to what time to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Better Homes & Gardens presenter and serial crafter Tara Dennis (pictured) says having people stay with you does require a bit of patience: “You do have to be a bit tolerant. If you need some space, go for a walk and remember — it’s not forever.”
Ready for anything
While some overnight guests might be expected weeks in advance, for others it might be more spontaneous, especially after a big night, says interior designer for Kurmond Homes, Cassie Mobbs.
“A lot of people like to stay home to entertain now, especially with the lockout laws,” Cassie says. “They might have friends over for a drink and then they stay over.
“We have friends in the next suburb with a guest bedroom and when we get together, we know there is a spare bed if we want it.”
Whether you’re the host or the guest this year, keep in mind the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.’’