Christmas is just around the corner! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the twinkling lights in every window, the sound of Christmas music everywhere you go, and the smells of baking cookies, hot chocolate, and Christmas trees. The whole season is just so magical to me, and now that I have a two year-old daughter I am really looking forward to introducing her to the magic of Christmas this year.
Christmastime always brings with it a season of hosting. From ornament and cookie exchanges to Christmas parties, and even the spontaneous drop in of a friend bearing gifts, there’s always some event that I’m planning for and hosting each week.
With all those things going on in addition to our regular schedules it can be hard to keep your home ready for hosting. That’s why I’ve put together a short list of just 6 easy things that you can do to be ready for all your holiday entertaining without having to spend hours getting your home prepared!
Always have candles ready. Scent is the very first thing that someone notices when they enter your home. Having seasonal candles at the ready is an easy way to make a great first impression on your guests and set the holiday mood.
Play Christmas music. Music has a wonderful way of setting the tone. By putting on a Christmas CD or playing a Christmas playlist on Pandora you can set a festive mood in your home with the push of a button!
Have holiday beverages on hand. Whether your beverage of choice for entertaining is hot chocolate or champagne, having it on hand for spontaneous get-togethers will really set the mood and put everyone in the Christmas spirit!
Keep your floors clean. Running the vacuum over the carpet quickly or doing a fast pass around the house with a floor dusting cloth can have a huge impact on how your home looks to your guests with minimal effort and time. You don’t have to use every vacuum attachment, just a quick cleaning will do the trick!
Keep dirty dishes out of the sink. By staying on top of the dishes you can really reduce your stress level this Christmas season; especially when your friend texts that she’s going to stop by in a few minutes to drop off some cookies! As soon as you’re done with a dish put it in the dishwasher or hand wash it to keep your kitchen mess-free and stress-free! I love using Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa Pine scented dish soap during the Christmas season with my new Bubble Up Brush from Grove Collaborative. It makes doing dishes a lot more fun.
Have holiday-scented soaps in your bathrooms and kitchen. There’s just something about the smell of pine that puts me in the Christmas spirit! I’ve always had a real Christmas tree in my home, even as a kid, so that smell is really special to me. Having holiday scented hand soap, and even dish soap, in your home will spread the Christmas spirit throughout your home. I absolutely adore Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in the Iowa Pine scent. Oh my goodness! It smells just like a Christmas tree and I just can’t get enough of it! They also have Orange Clove and Peppermint available, which are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
I get all my favorite natural cleaning products, including Mrs. Meyer’s hand soaps, from Grove Collaborative. If you’re not familiar with Grove Collaborative, it’s a subscription service that makes creating a healthy, beautiful home effortless and affordable. I can choose my favorite products from brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Method, and Grove delivers them (carbon offset) right to my doorstep, on my schedule. And right now they have an amazing offer for new customers that you don’t want to miss out on!
When you sign up for Grove Collaborative using my link, you’ll get the Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday set for free + free shipping. If you’re already a customer, you’ll get 50% off of the brand new and amazing Grove Collaborative Bubble Up. Don’t forget to sign up for the free VIP trial, too. Not only is the free shipping amazing, you’ll get perks like free gifts, price matching, and personal customer service.
Grove only has a limited number of sets available and the offer ends November 21, so grab yours now! Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You’ll receive the Mrs. Meyer’s offer for free when you sign up! If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive the Grove Collaborative Bubble Up for 50% off.
- Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!
- Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.
- To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
- 5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.
I hope you are getting into the holiday spirit just like I am! Do you have any holiday hosting tips to add? If so, please post them in the comments section below; I would love to read them!