Make it a Magical Stay For Your Overnight Guests This Christmas

Create a special welcome this Christmas. Bike, balloons and presents optional

give your guests a Christmas to remember

As a child a visit to the ballet was a special treat at Christmas. And of course it had to be The Nutcracker. Anticipation would build with the sound of the orchestra warming up, and then we’d all be transported into a magical wonderland of adventure, enchanted forests, and a glistening scene of snow. The dance of the sugar plum fairy was the highlight every single year. Sadly there’s not much magic left in our over-commercialised Christmas holidays these days, but with the imminent arrival of overnight guests and their children, it shouldn’t be too hard to put some sparkle back into the event for everyone.

Create a special welcome this Christmas. Bike, balloons and presents optional

Create an Extra Special Welcome at the Front Door

There’s nothing more welcoming than a house lit up for Christmas. Fairy lights and a wreath on the door are very traditional, but go the extra mile with something more surprising. I’ve always wished I had a long path to the front door so that I could line it with lanterns. Or cover the shrubs with fake snow and hang little parcels for your guests to collect on the way in. It’s the build up of anticipation and the promise of even more to come.

Leave a spare toothbrush and comb in the guest bedroom

Give the Guest Bedroom the 5* Treatment

The guest bedroom can be prepped well in advance. Make up the bed with freshly ironed sheets or better still treat your guests to something new from the bold and dramatic designs in the Christy autumn/winter collection. It’s always nice to leave a bathrobe in the room too. There’s nothing more embarrassing than getting caught in your pj’s on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. A pile of fluffy towels and somewhere to dry them is a must, and an extra thoughtful touch is to provide a spare toothbrush, comb and some sweet smelling toiletries. And then just before your guests are due to arrive, add some fresh flowers and a bottle of water by the side of the bed.

A movie night will keep the children quiet and entertained

Keep the Kids Busy

If the children are happy and occupied, the adults will by happy too. Keep a few of the decorating jobs, back so the the children can help and feel involved. Decorating their bedrooms themselves is always a good idea as they will be much more willing to go to bed. Cunning plan. And so that the adults can have some quiet time to catch up and do adult things, plan a movie night. White Christmas or Home Alone or any family favourite will keep them content and even more so if there is popcorn and treats.

Plan a few outdoor outings and long country walks

Plan Some Special Outings

There’s no denying, Christmas can also be stressful. Even more so when you have a houseful of guests and everyone is getting under everyone’s feet. The trick is to plan a few outings away from the house, and it’s up to you if you join them or not. Midnight mass or a long country walk are always a good idea and they will return refreshed, energised and much more content.

Get Some Magic Back this Christmas. #christychristmas

This post was written in partnership with Christy, a historic British interiors brand producing luxury bed linen and towels.. All views however are entirely my own.

#DreamChristy

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16 Comments

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    Tiffany Curate&Display

    November 25, 2016

    Gorgeous ideas Carole-we have family coming to stay this year in our new house (which is a bit of a tip) so it’s giving me a kick up the backside to get something more homely sorted. I always let the kids decorate their room for Christmas so I can have everything else in the house just how I like it! 🙂

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      deardesigner

      November 25, 2016

      Good idea Tiff. Hope it all goes well 🙂

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    The Design Sheppard

    November 22, 2016

    Wow, I’d like to be your guest. Those bathrobes look so nice. I need to get myself one.

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      deardesigner

      November 22, 2016

      You can’t beat a nice bathrobe Stacey. And you are welcome anytime 🙂

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    Fresh Design Blog

    November 21, 2016

    Clearly your guests get the works when they come to stay! It sounds lovely.

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      deardesigner

      November 22, 2016

      Thanks Rachel 🙂

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    Old Fashioned Susie

    November 21, 2016

    Can I come and stay at your house please?? So many lovely ideas!

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      deardesigner

      November 22, 2016

      You are welcome Susie 🙂

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    Karen Clough

    November 21, 2016

    Oh those pictures are so lovely!
    And some fab tips. I’m really grateful we’ve got no guests this year to be honest as we’ll be visiting others 😉

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      deardesigner

      November 21, 2016

      They are lovely aren’t they. It’s always nice to be the guest – means you get a proper rest. x

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    November 21, 2016

    I’ve been busy planning for our NYE guests this year. Well, we’re hoping they can stay here if the loft conversion is finished in time. Bedding, towels and a bathrobe is top of my list!!x

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      deardesigner

      November 21, 2016

      Will be lovely if your loft conversion is done in time. Can’t wait to see it. x

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    Kimberly Duran

    November 21, 2016

    Right, so that’s sorted then. We’re coming to yours for Christmas!! Ha! Lovely post Carole – it’s the little details that make it special, right? xx

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      deardesigner

      November 21, 2016

      Thanks Kimberly. Yes, it’s the little details. And they often don’t take much effort either. x

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    Kate

    November 21, 2016

    “A magical wonderland of adventure, enchanted forests, and a glistening scene of snow,” sounds like the perfect way to do Christmas Carole – look forward to my invite in the post! 😉

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      deardesigner

      November 21, 2016

      Haha, can you bring the snow! x

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