How to Welcome Holiday Guests

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The holidays are rapidly approaching, and as you guys know, we are finishing up a massive home renovation in the house we bought this past June. New sunroom addition, new dining room-to-office conversion, and a completely new kitchen. I’d say we are about 95% of the way there now, which means by winter break, our house should look spectacular. We decided to head back to South Florida for Thanksgiving this week, but for Christmas/New Years, we decided to celebrate in our new home.

We anticipate having some visitors at that time {not quite sure which family members will come up yet} so we want them to feel welcome in our new home with a nice little holiday spread in our centrally-located kitchen. I began by heading to Dollar General to stock up on some of the basics to greet our guests.

Hover over the image below to shop for these holiday essentials.

After purchasing Sparkle® Paper Towels {great product at an affordable price}, Dixie Ultra® Paper Plates {perfect for holiday snacks and full meals}, and Mardi Gras® Napkins {with fun conversation starters on each napkin}, I returned home and set up a spread of some of my favorite snack foods to share with guests. Mixed olives, cubed cheese, sliced salami, raspberries, and sliced green apples.

Next, I added in lots of fun holiday decorations. How fun is it to get out the large tubs of decorations you haven’t seen in almost a year? I even climbed into my attic to retrieve these! Because my kitchen cabinets are white wood, I thought I would select white winter decorations, like a wooden Christmas tree, the word JOY, nutcrackers, small metal houses and small trees. This spread makes me smile – It’s so festive!



Now you are ready to set out your paper goods: napkins, plates, and paper towels. These make clean-up a breeze, which is exactly what you want during the hectic holiday seasons. Who wants to make more work that will take away from quality family time?

Stock up for the holidays and make your dollar go further with these awesome Georgia-Pacific essential products at Dollar General. Starting 11.19.17 through 12.23.17 only, Buy 3 Participating Products, Save $3! {Valid on Angel Soft® 12 Family / 12 Big Lavender, Sparkle® 6 Roll, all QNUSS 9 Mega and QNUP/QNUSS 12DR, Dixie® Everyday 9in 86 ct, Dixie Ultra® 10in 44ct, Brawny 6 Large Roll, Mardi Gras 200 ct}. I’m not sure who will come visit my family this year, but when our family members arrive, we will definitely be prepared!

How do you prepare your home for holidays guests?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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3 Responses to How to Welcome Holiday Guests

  1. emma says:

    Your decorations are so cute and match your kitchen so perfectly! I always use paper products for holiday parties. I don’t want to spend tons of time cleaning up when I could be enjoying that time with my family and friends! In order to get ready for the holiday guests, I always make sure to give my home a good deep cleaning. We have dogs and I know that some people are allergic to them or just don’t want to be coated in dog fur. Thus, we get the upholstery cleaned, vacuum well, and clean all guest bedding. It’s about the only time all year our home is this clean!

  2. Jesenia Montanez ~ client says:

    Your kitchen looks so festive and ready for the holiday season. Wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am looking for the sangria recipe that I believe was on this page. it was from a friend cranberry apple with prosecco in it.

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