Posts Tagged ‘Photos’
The Holiday Hostess: My journey in how to get ready for planned and unplanned Holiday guests
Take a minute and just consider the best memories you have of visiting friends and family members in their home. I’ve been the recipient of many gracious hosts and hostesses. While scrolling through my mental memory book, several ideas came to mind of fun ideas that I can easily implement to make my guests feel the same welcoming warmth that I have received. While dwelling on the memories of Holidays spent with family and friends was pleasant, I soon realized I had work to do! Of course everything seems well put together when you’re the one visiting, but sometimes when you’re the hostess (or host), things can seem hectic and often not quite the way you planned.
So I began by making a basic lists of elements that should be addressed when preparing for guests in my home. (I’m a list person)
List One: Basic Needs
In this list are sleeping arrangements (Is there a spare bedroom or an area?)
Do I need to purchase or borrow air mattresses, sleeping bags or cots?
Gather sheets, blankets and pillows (2 per person per bed) as needed.
Divide the space into a sleeping area as much as possible. You can use furniture, plants, or a screen, just get creative. Always start in the corners and near walls as to utilize as much space as possible and try to keep the middle section area of the space open and clutter free for walking space and socializing.
So, which bathroom will they use, and is it stocked with extra towels, toilet tissue, new toothbrushes and paste, hand and body soap, a razor, neutrally scented shampoos and lotions? (Most of us forget one or two small necessities when traveling, and nobody wants uncle Bob to be stuck without a toothbrush for a week! So it’s best to have some spares on hand.)
List Two: Thoughtful Touches
These are the extras that say “You’re Our Guest, Make Yourself At Home”! In fact, we have a beautiful wall quote that says just that.
In this list you’ll also want to add: A decorative yet comfy blanket for the bed, books and magazines, a clock, a box of tissues, fresh flowers, lamp or perhaps some holiday decor. A pad of paper and a pen can also be a nice touch.
Don’t forget to leave space in a dresser or closet for their belongings. I don’t particularly like living out of a suit case, so if I have somewhere to hang, or fold my clothes it helps me feel more organized and at home, even if I’m not at home.
Keep in mind: the kitchen will be affected, so I add the guests favorite snacks and drinks. Consider food allergies or preferences (like vegetarian, gluten free or vegan). Although, I must note here that if a guests’ eating habits are drastically different from yours, ask for their help in preparing their meals. I’m sure the request would be welcome and appreciated.
List Three: Have, Borrow, Buy
As I took inventory of what I had on hand, what I could borrow and what may be purchased, I realized this could get out of control if I allowed it to. Not everything on my lists were “essentials”. I didn’t want to overspend time and money on things that wouldn’t be used. With a high demand on both resources this time of year. Focusing on the reasons my family is celebrating put me in the right frame of mind to get to work.
So with that focus in mind, I narrowed the lists down to what was time and cost effective and now I know it will turn out beautifully. Without the stress of large, unplanned expenses.
To sum up, here are some tips:
-Do something everyday to get ready even if it’s small, it will be one less thing you have to do when your guests arrive.
-Use what I already have, or borrow it from neighbors and friends that are close by.
-Don’t be stressed out. As the host or hostess, if you are calm and easy going, everybody will be much more comfortable in your home.
– Perhaps, most importantly, keep it simple. This will help alleviate your stress. Remember to enjoy your guests!
There you have it. As I was writing this, the excitement of having guests has been growing. Knowing they will be comfortable is a a pleasant and rewarding addition to my holiday joy!
The importance of family is amplified to it’s full extent during the holiday season. But our beautiful decals can always keep your family in your mind and close to your heart. Our customers love too share pictures of their beautiful family centered projects and we love to see them. Here are some great ideas for your next vinyl project:
This month we will be having a different kind of contest… This how it’s going to work.
1. “Like” our Facebook page if you haven’t already. (There is a link on the right side panel of this page)
2. Share any of our recent posts from this month on your page!
3. Your name will automatically go in the drawing! The more posts you share the more times your name will be entered!
4. July 1st We will randomly select a name and announce the winner on July 3rd!
The winner will receive the following design for FREE!
“Home is Where Love Resides” Color: Black Size: 23″ x 13″
We will also have our regular monthly photo contest! So keep submitting your photos and reviews to our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Facebook to win a free design!
“THANK YOU SO MUCH for my decals. They are perfect! And I was super surprised to see that you sent both blue options. That is so sweet of you! I’m so glad you did because the “Mint” is a perfect match. I can’t wait to share the booth photos with you!”
“Our expo display turned out beautifully! Thank you so much for your help with the decals!”
“Their masterpiece…a big thank you to Wall Written who helped me create the custom decals on the walls. Everything came together so well”
Leslie wanted to add her company logo to a booth she was using in a bridal expo. She sent us the custom artwork she wanted us to make, and chose the colors of vinyl that were the best match.
To have us create your logo or custom artwork, just email a vector image (ending in .eps or .ai) to email@example.com , choose your colors and size, and we’ll send back a price quote. Usually, the entire process from sending the design to receiving the completed vinyl takes less than 2 weeks.
Thank you so much, Leslie, for the pictures! We love to see how people have made a statement with their own decor.
Hello! My name is Elena Duperron and I received my order from you not too long ago. I just finished putting everything up earlier this week. The results are fabulous!
My daughter will be 11 months old on Sunday, and I have been working on her nursery for almost one year. Her walls have been bare until now because I’ve been waiting to find the perfect thing to decorate them. A friend of mine posted photos of her daughter’s nursery on Facebook, and she had a stunning growth chart in her room. I found out that she had ordered the decal from Wall Written, and so I decided to do a little shopping of my own.
When the package arrived, I was so excited. When I unrolled the growth chart, however, the colours had been inverted. So, I called customer service and spoke with a lady named Natalie (I think!). She was so helpful and she assured me that a new growth chart would be sent to me right away. I was extremely impressed with the wonderful customer service, and I was also very pleased because Natalie credited my account appropriately so that I wouldn’t have to pay taxes on my product twice (it was being shipped from the USA to Canada). I put up the growth chart right away, and now with both of my decals applied, my daughter’s room is finally finished. And it is perfect!! I’ve attached the results.
Thank you, again, so much for such wonderful products, and thank you for your wonderful customer service! I’ve been raving about you and recommending you to everyone I know!!