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Hosting the Holidays

Hosting the Holidays

You could say I’ve become somewhat of an expert on “hosting the holidays” - I’ve found that the holiday season in Naples usually means people coming and going. In my own house, we often host company, mostly family, throughout the season. I chose to focus on how to make the most of your home when hosting because making my guests feel special is so important to me. Here are a few tips for prepping your home for friends and family!

Make Some Room

I usually clear space in one of the closets for guests to be able to hang items and set up a luggage stand to hold their suitcase. If closet space is tight for you, make sure your guest room has an armoire or dresser left open for personal items. My holiday hack? Order a spare bed that’s easy to set up in case you have an overflow of guests - I’m so grateful to have both my kids in town for the holidays this year, so I will have my son test out the “EZ Bed” from Frontgate. It comes in either a twin or queen size, and folds up to the size of a suitcase when you’re finished! Keep blankets and throws available for easy access should your guests need them during their stay.

If you haven’t seen the view from my home, make sure to head to my social media accounts for a sneak peek. It really is to die for, so I always enjoy having a coffee on the lanai with my guests. I have an espresso machine so I can treat anyone staying with me to a Naples morning - sometimes we even see dolphins!

With the time spent at home this year, I wanted to be more intentional about hosting and making a comfortable space for anyone who stays with me. Going the extra mile doesn’t mean you have to put together something expensive or over the top, just thoughtful! I always prefer adding a local touch, and recommend heading to The Striped Cabana or Summerfields to pick up a few Naples oriented gifts, small dishes or fun cocktail recipe books. Regardless of if you choose to add a small gift or not, something as small as fresh flowers will have your guests walking into an instant oasis!

If your hosting space is minimal, it’s important to make the most of your kitchen counter and storage availability. A large island is a must, as it’s often where you end up prepping meals 

and displaying your feast!

When it comes to storage, I always recommend a large credenza to hold china and silver pieces as well as holiday plates and things like place card holders. A chest of drawers is a great way to hold linens, too. If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of different linens for different place settings! It’s also fun to collect new items or the years, like a special piece of china or new napkins.

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