Posted by Southwest Beverages on 11/9/2014
As we approach the holidays, many of us will be hosting friends and family for a few days (or perhaps weeks at a time). Some families will gather entire generations under one roof for their yearly celebrations. No matter your faith, traditions, or cultural beliefs, I’m sure at some point in your life you have experienced a weekend at a relative’s home, or had others stay with you.
When we have people stay in our homes, it’s up to us to do more than provide them with a roof. Our goal is to provide them with an experience. We want our loved ones to have fond memories of the time they spend in our homes and be eager to return next year.
Comfort is in the Little Details
It’s the little things that make people remember a place. When your family visits, make little gestures to make them feel like they’re having an adventure. Leave a bottle of water on the bedside table in their room or hang a spare robe just for them. If you trust your guests, offer a spare key so they can come and go as they please. If they’ll be sightseeing or exploring, leave a few guidebooks on the table for them to investigate.
Entertain, but Don’t Crowd
It’s good to have plenty of activities on hand for your guests when they arrive. Keep a few board games handy for lazy evenings. Make sure there is plenty of quality coffee and hot cocoa on hand to serve at a moment’s notice, and be prepared to spend long stretches talking.
However, don’t schedule every moment of your guests’ visit. Ask them what they would like to do and see. If they came prepared with an itinerary of their own, happily follow along and be glad they’ve come prepared to enjoy their stay.
Have Everything Ready
Scrambling to get rooms, beds and the house ready for your guests after they arrive is the fastest way to make them feel unwelcome and intruding. They will feel like you’re too busy for their company, so you had to do everything at the last minute. Work to have everything ready for your guests’ arrival and be sitting on the sofa relaxing when they knock at the door.
Nix the Drama
We all argue and disagree from time to time; it’s natural. Sometimes we can even be harsh with the people we’re close to. When you have guests staying at your home, avoid barking at your kids, arguing with your spouse or exposing any internal family struggles. This will make your guests feel uncomfortable and tense, which could sour their whole trip. Put on a happy face – it’s the holidays!
Respect Their Lifestyles
It would be cruel to invite people into your home and ignore the lifestyles they prefer. For instance, you shouldn’t insist everyone eats your meal if one of your guests has a food preference, allergy, or prefers veganism. If someone prefers to watch late night TV, you shouldn’t impose a lights-out policy.
If you keep these points in mind, you’re sure to have a successful holiday season, filled with fun, memories, and good company.
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages®
Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America’s largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe – two of New York’s finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
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