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Holiday Guests

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

“Friends of Wall Written”

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!

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“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 (support@wallwritten.com) and Facebook to win a free design!

June – Fathers Day, What To Do

Father’s Day  –  June 15th, 2014

 

As a young man he had the whole world before him, endless possibilities and dreams. He meets a young woman that shares those same ideals and dreams. They fall hopelessly in love and become one unit, embarking on a life long journey. A journey of challenging times that were counterbalanced by remarkable ones, like the birth of his children.  He approached fatherhood with strength, steadfastness, understanding, humor and selflessness like only a father can do. His hands were steady and strong to guide his children from the cradle, through adolescence, to adulthood. Now as a grandfather he has yet another opportunity to provide guidance and understanding to his grandchildren. This is a man to be admired and respected for his depth of character, for this man that has given so much of himself for the family he loves. As  his day approaches, how and what is sufficient enough to let him know how much gratitude and love you have for him? Being the man he is, a simple “I Love You” or “Thanks” might be adequate however how about something he wouldn’t expect.  Show him just how much he means with a heart warming quote, from Wall Written.

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Or what are his interests? Is the garage his domain? Is he the Barbecue King? The Pancake Master? Or is he hooked on fishing? Make a space uniquely for him, put up some wall art that shows it.

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There are more designs on the Wall Written website, or use their custom design tool and create something just as unique as your Dad. Happy Father’s Day to all.

 

Click here to see more Father’s Day Designs.

Sneak Peek at the Newest Designs

I have been busily creating beautiful new wall lettering designs. We’ve got about 35 new wall word designs that are ready to go; we just need to put them in photographs and add them all to the site. So here’s a sneak peek at some of the new wall decals, which should be online within a week. How exciting!

Je t'adore is French, meaning "I love you" or, more literally "I adore you".

This beach themed phrase is adorable and evocative. Can't you just taste the ocean?

A play on the "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters, this is the sweet lover's version.

An adorable quote which would be perfect above a crib or child's bed.

So these are just four of many new wall vinyl quotes. Check back this week to see the newest creations. Enjoy!

Why Did I Start Wall Written?

A sign at the entrance of the Disney Animation Pavilion, Disney's California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort.

Seven years ago I was on my honeymoon at Disneyland. I was young, playful, carefree. The kind of girl who would dance around a crowded street to music only she can hear. We walked into the Disney Animation Pavilion, and I caught my breath. Rooted to the spot, I had to gaze longingly at the beautiful sign, which was about 5 feet tall and 9 feet wide. I studied it. Could not take my eyes off it. My new husband waited patiently while I checked it out up close, examining every painted dot and fantasizing about the day when I would have painting skills and a dark blue wall.

Unfortunately, that day never came. My painting skills are not much better than those possessed by my 6-year-old son. My walls are all beige, and the idea of painting a mural in a home I don’t plan to live in very long sounds heartbreaking.

So when I came across the concept of vinyl lettering, this sign came into mind. I had to have it. In fact, I felt that it would be the first thing I would create. I wouldn’t be able to trust my treasured project into the hands of a stranger who might butcher it. It had to be made by me. It had to be gigantic. And it had to be gold. But, being so intimidated by the perfection I required, I began designing other quotes. My project was put on the back-burner, and I never did create this huge masterpiece.

It has now been three years since I started this company, and while I’ve made several Fairy Tale Quotes, I still haven’t made my magnum opus. Whenever people ask me why I got into the business of vinyl lettering,  the “Once Upon a Time” mural flashes before my eyes. I did it because this sign made me smile. Because words can captivate, express personality, evoke a feeling.

Bonus: I don’t need painting skills to express myself with my decor, (and I can change my mind over and over).

Giveaway of the Week: Classy and Fabulous

Enter to win a Black and Electric Pink, “A Girl Should Be Two Things – Classy and Fabulous. -Coco Chanel” vinyl quote in size 22″ x 9″.

Size: 22" x 9" Colors: Electric Pink and Black

To Enter: Become a fan of our Facebook Page. For an extra entry, post a link to this Giveaway post as your Facebook status, or tweet a link to this post. Then fill out the form below:

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(Don’t worry, your information will only be used to contact you if you win, and will not be shared)

The winner will be announced on Monday, April 11th.