Send a text telling your guests you’re eager for their arrival and that goodies like strong coffee, ice cream, and bourbon will be waiting for them. It’ll make airport security or traf ic more endurable.
Have small gifts waiting,
suggests Charles Fisher, a dad of two and the resort manager of the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando. Offer kids presents of the craft or activity variety to give them something to do during lulls (read: free you to sit and chat with your sis).
Make time for self-care.
It may be hard with people staying in your home, but self-care can be as simple as doing some deep breathing in the shower. Anything you can do to get centered before you’re juggling your guests will help, says psychotherapist and mom Perri Shaw Borish.
Don’t try to do it all!
You’re not running a B&B, so outsource chores when you can. Order in pizza or take the kids out for pancakes. And remember: Most guests want to feel useful, so let them set the table or strip their beds. When you feel overwhelmed, remind yourself that no visit’s success hinges on how clean your toilets are or how crisp your linens may be. Sure, my sister-in-law inevitably manages to check all the boxes on her list, but her natural hospitality has more to do with her hosting philosophy than her Swiffer skills: “It’s all about the traditions and memories we’re creating for our kids,” she says. “Time together with family and friends will truly stay with them.”