How to Create an Amazing Basket for Holiday Guests

by Alli

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Now that my guest room remodel is finally complete, bring on the holidays! I can barely contain my excitement as I prepare the house for Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s a lot of work and things tend to get messy, but having all the family over for the holidays makes it all worthwhile. Plus, I have a few tricks up my sleeves when it comes to cleaning the house and preparing the guest room.

Holiday Guests - Bedside Table

When my kids were growing up, we would all pile in the car and take a road trip to visit my parents for Thanksgiving. Mom and dad would run out to meet us as we drove up the driveway with bear hugs for all. Mom’s home was always welcoming and I have such fond memories of spending the holidays with my parents. These days, I try to recreate that same welcoming feeling in my own home.

Whenever I’m preparing for overnight holiday guests, my first thoughts are all about comfort. I like to pamper my guests and let them know how excited I am to have them in my home. So, with that in mind, I’m going to show you how I prepare for Thanksgiving guests. Plus, I’m including How to Create an Amazing Basket for Holiday Guests and a free printable.

How to Prepare for Holiday Guests

Clean, Vacuum and Dust

A few days ago, I realized I needed a cover for an electrical outlet in my guest bedroom so I headed to Home Depot to grab an outlet cover and to stock up on my favorite cleaning supplies.

Holiday Guests

When I’m preparing the house for Thanksgiving weekend, I tackle one room at a time. I have a tendency to get distracted, so I take everything I need to whatever room I’m cleaning. That way, I’m not tempted to do a little here and a little there. This plan keeps me focused.

How to Prepare for Holiday Guests

Starting at the top and working downward, I grab coffee filters and Windex® Original Glass Cleaner. I use coffee filters because they are inexpensive and they don’t leave behind any lint. Windex® Original Glass Cleaner gives life a sparkle and leaves my windows and mirrors with a streak-free shine.

How to Clean and Prepare for Holiday Guests

Next, it’s time to grab a cleaning cloth and Pledge® Orange Clean to wipe down hard surfaces like my dining room table. It leaves behind a fresh smell and cleans, protects and beautifies my furniture. I also use Pledge® to clean my stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Preparing for Holiday Guests

I always rely on the powerful antibacterial, no-rinse solution of Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik®  to kick dirt and grime to the curb. It helps me save time cleaning the microwave and stovetop because I don’t have to rinse. I just spray, wipe and I’m done!

Preparing for Holiday Guests

Make the Bed with Fresh Sheets

When I make the bed for my holiday guests, I use quality bedding. I don’t want cheap, scratchy sheets for my guests. When they sink into bed at night, I want them to be comfortable. Don’t forget to add an extra blanket in case they get cold during the night.

Basket for Holiday Guests

I also make sure there are lots of clean, fluffy pillows. Pillows are inexpensive and I tend to buy new ones every 3-6 months.

Bedside Basket for Holiday Guests

Add Nightstand Essentials

Nightstand essentials should include a lamp, a bedside clock, reading material and flowers.

Bedside Essentials - Holiday Guests

A small vase of flowers is not necessary, but they sure do add a special touch to the guest room. Remember, you want your guests to feel welcome. I like to add seasonal flowers. They don’t have to be real!

Seasonal Flowers for Holiday Guests

Provide a Night Light

I always provide a nightlight for my guests in case they need to make a trip across the hall to the bathroom during the night. It’s easier to get disoriented when you’re not in your own bedroom.

Clean and Stock the Guest Bathroom

Besides the normal bathroom essentials like fresh towels and toilet tissue, I also include extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss.

While I’m cleaning the bathroom, I make sure the tub is squeaky clean and is stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and soap.

Create an Amazing Bedside Basket

For the final welcoming touch, I always create a bedside basket. It doesn’t have to be huge.

Holiday Basket for Holiday Guests

Here is a list of items I always include:

  • Water
  • Chocolates
  • WIFI Network & Password Welcome Tag
  • Trail Mix
  • Lip Balm
  • Tissue

Basket for Holiday Guests

You can print the FREE Welcome Tag here >>> Welcome-To-Our-Home

I always want my overnight guests to feel comfortable and welcome. They know they can help themselves to whatever’s in the fridge and coffee is available around the clock. Plus, they can sleep in as long as they want, especially after a long night of catching up and giggling into the wee hours of the morning.

Helpful Hint: Be on the lookout for Windex® and Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik® product promotions on display in Home Depot stores until 10/31/17, and Pledge® products on display starting 11/1/17!

Holiday Welcome Basket

How to Create a Holiday Gift Basket

How do you prepare your house for holidays guests?


robin rue October 25, 2017 - 5:29 am

This is the first year in a long time that we are not expecting out of town guests for the holidays (phew), but I love the basket idea. I always want my guests to feel comfortable.

candy October 25, 2017 - 7:35 am

There will be tons of extra cleaning coming on soon. Yes guest will be staying over and making a guest basket for just them is perfect and really welcomes them into our home.

Amber Myers October 25, 2017 - 8:16 am

This is such a great idea! I think I’ll make one of these. Not that we have a lot of guests, but you know, just in case!

Anita October 25, 2017 - 8:55 am

I can definitely see a lot of people utilizing the ideas you have listed. It is easy to see that creativity has no bounds.

Tomi C October 25, 2017 - 9:04 am

I love the idea of adding a nightlight to the guest gift basket. I never thought of that. I typically include a few snacks, teas and juice but a nightlight is the perfect addition for those late night bathroom trips.

Jeanettte October 25, 2017 - 10:13 am

With holidays coming up this is actually a wonderful idea. We have so many people coming to our house for Christmas it would be fun to give them a little basket.

Doria October 25, 2017 - 11:25 am

Oh my gosh, that’s such a cute idea! We regularly have family come up to visit and the holidays will certainly be busy so I’ll have to put together baskets!

Lisa October 25, 2017 - 3:30 pm

What a cute and thoughtful gift idea! Just in time for Christmas!

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh October 25, 2017 - 6:07 pm

These are all really great little tips for a great basket for guests. I love the idea of including the wifi password. That’s something that is usually not thought of, until they ask.

Liz Mays October 25, 2017 - 6:10 pm

These are really good ways to prepare for guests coming over. I love the nightstand ideas and the gifts just to make them feel more welcome.

Pam October 25, 2017 - 6:57 pm

These are great tips for making your guest room inviting for visitors. Love the idea of including the wifi passwords.

Cheryl October 25, 2017 - 7:46 pm

I would love to have this basket when staying with a friend. I’d feel so pampered!!

Jen Temcio October 25, 2017 - 8:35 pm

Your headboard is so beautiful and so is the gift basket! I never knew to use coffee filters for glass but I am doing it tomorrow.

Marysa October 25, 2017 - 10:29 pm

How nice you have everything all set for your guests! I definitely need to get more organized and prepared when it comes to guests in general

Anosa October 26, 2017 - 12:59 pm

Wow, this is such nice idea. Perfect for our upcoming party. Now, all I need to think is the decoration and design of the box to make it more appropriate in the event, Halloween.

Kita Bryant October 26, 2017 - 1:02 pm

I’ve relied on those products for many years. They get the job done. This was a good reminder that the holidays are super close and I need to prepare!

Chubskulit Rose October 26, 2017 - 1:34 pm

This is a reaqlly nice guide especially if you are expecting someone special at your home.

Amanda October 26, 2017 - 10:35 pm

I’m so thankful that all of our family is local so we don’t get out of town guests over the holidays–so stressful! But this gift basket will definitely help those with family and friend overnight guests.

Dogvills October 27, 2017 - 4:47 am

My family live fairly close to each other, the farthest is only about an hour’s drive. However, that is no reason for me to not keep the house clean. My mom always said, “keep your house as clean as if your were expecting the President.” Haha. Love those cleaning products. Windex is always a staple.

Cherri Megasko October 27, 2017 - 1:18 pm

Pledge was the only furniture polish my mother ever used and it’s the only brand I use as well. I love the smell of Orange Pledge so I have switched to that.


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