Recently, a client asked us to create a wonderful and charming Christmas welcome at their home. This involved decorating our client’s Christmas tree and crafting a delightful special welcome as guests walk through the door. As a gift to our readers, we’ve compiled our expert tips on how to create a warm welcome for Christmas guests in this post.
Making guests feel welcome starts with setting the scene as loved ones walk through the door. For starters, at the entrance, we decorated a delightful, ready-to-impress Christmas tree, captured below.
No tree is ready without gifts! Please take a look at our recent blog “Where to Shop for Christmas” for luxury gift inspiration and ideas. The article is packed with our favourite places to shop and tips on how to decorate your home for Christmas.
If you have house guests visiting for the holidays, here are our best ideas on how to prepare your home for guests.
Stock your kitchen with Christmas bites and nibbles.
Plan ahead and keep guests happy with a selection of sweet and savoury Christmas goodies. For extra hosting points, dress up a charcuterie or cheese board, or create your own warm cheese festive fondue recipe. If you run out of any essentials, food delivery service and online supermarket Ocado will deliver premium-quality favourites to your door. Ocado is on a mission to change the way people shop for their groceries – getting you what you want when you want it and with minimal fuss. Don’t forget to browse their special offers for great deals on everyday items.
Greet guests with a glass of champagne.
Kick off festive celebrations in style with a bubbly toast. Champagne has the power to lighten up the food and instantly perk up spirits. We suggest pouring a glass of Dom Perignon. Alternatively, browse this affordable selection from Harvey Nichols. You’ll also find iconic gift set options for any last-minute Christmas gift ideas.
Sweeten the mood with posh chocolates.
Let guests indulge their sweet tooth with posh chocolates – a perfect addition to your hosting table or during afternoon tea. To entertain the children, why not create an inspiring and delightful tablescape or hot cocoa bar? Start the fun with hand-selected premium chocolate at Hotel Chocolat. And check out this article for more chocolate inspiration ideas.
Spruce up any room with fresh flowers.
Add a bit of natural flair to your family gathering or festive party with florals. Fresh flowers are also an uplifting and thoughtful touch to your guest room. Browse the gorgeous selection of aromatic blooms at Freddie’s Flowers (bonus: they deliver directly to your door!) We also recommend paying a visit to the highly-Instagrammable, The Flower Stand Chelsea (delivery service is available). Peruse this article for the best flower delivery in your locale.
Indulge guests with sumptuous towels and fine linen.
Luxurious towels and linen are arguably an imperative feature of hosting and making guests feel comfortable – and they can make a significant difference to your guest’s stay. Shop the luxury towel collection at The White Company. And check out these Spa Cloud Waffle Towels, made from Turkish cotton and a spa-style-at-home quality and feel.
Complete your guest bedroom with the highest quality sheets, pillowcases and luxury bed linens. Fine linen is a naturally absorbent fabric and features quick-drying features. If you’re not sure what to look for, we recommend a thread count of 600 or higher. Always opt for oxford pillowcases, which add a more decorative and elegant look.
Go the extra mile and stock your guestroom with a couple of blissfully fluffy soft bathrobes. We recommend the SP Collection of luxury premium bathrobes from Coze Linen – who have collaborated with a fellow interior designer, Sophie Paterson to create the SP Collection. These delightful bathrobes feature 100%cotton and 450 GSM. Luxury bathrobes are guaranteed to elevate your guests’ stay and overall experience.
Create an inviting ambience with home diffusers.
We tend to go a little mad with diffusers, thinking we must have one in every room – but it’s true, right? We’re obsessed with Jo Malone’s home diffusers – which come in a variety of aromas from Lavender and Moonflower to Peony and Blush Suede and more. You can also create the perfect pairing by personalising your scent. Simply layer one scent with another to add warmth or a touch of freshness. If you try this at home, let us know which scent pairing you love most by leaving a comment on our Instagram page.
Whilst you’re shopping Jo Malone, why don’t you add some of their gorgeous candles to the mix? These luxury candles are crafted in England and blended with their iconic fragrances. They’re a wonderful way to set the mood and inspire festively fragrant memories (in every room!).
We wish you and your family a lovely festive season and a happy new year!
Rosie & Charlotte x