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You know that around here we pretty much dance to our own beat and love to decorate with a fun, out of the box style…have you seen my Fabric Christmas Tree post or my new mid-century modern fireplace? So when Bed Bath & Beyond asked us to help them celebrate “Holiday Your Way“, we knew it was a perfect fit.

Not only do they have helpful tips for how to decorate and prepare your home for the holiday season, but they also have great advice on making houseguests happy. We’re all about entertaining and making sure our guests are having a good time, and have a cozy place to sleep and relax as well. Remember our friends’ guestroom we helped give a face lift to….

Now, not everyone has the time or space to do an entire room makeover. So, that’s why Bed Bath & Beyond is here to help you figure out what you do need for your guests with the space you have with their guest room checklist.  Of course you first want to welcome them with love and a cool door mat like this one from BB&B, which is actually made from recycled rubber tires!

I only wish I had come across their Holiday Your Way articles before hosting a huge crew for Thanksgiving.  We had 12 people sleeping at our house, we hosted friends and family for dinner & games on Wed. night- 27 people, and hosted Thanksgiving for 17.  It was awesome!!  But, to make holiday hosting ever better I’ve rounded up some ideas from Bed Bath & Beyond, which will come in handy for holidays and year round when hosting big parties.

One way to make your guests comfortable if you don’t have a spare bed is with an air mattress, which BB&B has a great selection of. This AeroBed has a really nice pillow top and I can vouch for it’s comfort because my in-laws own it and I’ve slept on it before.

I especially love their tip about color coordinating your guests’ bath towels, this will come in handy if you have a packed house and would like your guests to keep track of which towel they are using. This set of Lasting Color Cotton Towels by WestPoint Home look so soft… and I’d love you to share if you have any tips for keeping/getting your towels extra soft.  My cousin Jacqui has such soft towels every time we stay there.  This past Thanksgiving when she was down visiting I actually re-washed about 10 towels, just to try and get them to seem extra soft right before she arrived.  I think I’ll be making a BB&B trip soon for new guest towels.  So if you have any tips, send them my way.

When you have guests over it’s not just about a cozy air mattress to sleep on and soft towels to use, but about keeping them entertained as well.  Bed Bath & Beyond has a smart tip about making sure your guests have your WiFi password so they can use their own tablets or laptops, as well as showing them how to use and turn on your entertainment consoles. Our pal Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters made a super fun Wi-fi artwork so guests could look over and have the code, but strangers would never know what it was!  Genius I tell ya! I could have used this over the holiday, because I think I gave out the wi-fi 30 times.

One other guest must-have is a Keurig; it’s the best way to make sure everyone has the drink they like, how they like it.  Eric loves pumpkin coffee, my mom decaf, my aunt tea, the kids cocoa… you get the idea.  Did you know there’s a Keurig espresso machine?

Isn’t she pretty! I like my k-cup Keurig machine, but if you enjoy a nice cup of Italian espresso every now and then, why not!

Bed Bath & Beyond is a great place to go for tips to survive the holiday season if you’re expecting a house full of guests. Stop by their Holiday Entertaining section for more advice on important things to know and prepare for like guests’ food allergies, activities for the kids, and more. I was pleasantly surprised how fun and helpful their articles were!

So tell us, what are some surviving and enjoying the holiday tips you’ve learned throughout the years?

I love entertaining, but I’m always looking for ways to improve! 

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  1. LuAnn says:

    Sleep in your guest room and you’ll find out what it is you’re missing! Or how comfortable (or not) the mattress is.

  2. Debbie says:

    I always keep a basket under the bathroom sink full of extra new toothbrushes, deodorant, personal toiletries, etc because there is bound to be a guest that forgets something. I love the idea of different coloured towels & facecloths, I’ll have to remember that.
    Debbie 🙂

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