Holiday Entertaining and a Hampton Hotels Giveaway

It’s that time of year when guests will soon be arriving at our homes to share the holidays with us, so we need to start thinking about what our holiday entertaining plan of action will be! Even if you have the space to have guests stay in your home, they might enjoy having a little break from all the craziness going on at the holiday headquarters. That’s where Hampton Hotels comes in.

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The Hampton Hotels brand, including Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton, is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment, serving value-conscious and quality-driven travelers. A budget friendly property that you know guests will be comfortable at is clutch! High-quality and consistent accommodations and amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and free hot breakfast, and the latest technology and innovations, such as multi-unit Power Cubes and the brand’s signature Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed®, combined with numerous locations globally have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands worldwide. And with over 1,900 properties totaling more than 186,000 rooms in 14 countries and territories, it’s a good bet you’ll be able to find a Hampton Hotel in your neck of the woods.

Even if you do decide to set up a little retreat for your guests away from your home, there are still plenty of ways to make them feel welcome while you’re playing the part of their holiday hostess. Hampton partnered with entertaining expert Jenny Steffens Hobick to bring you some fabulous holiday entertaining tips. Here are some of my favorites…

Be prepared with lots of snacks: We all get a little grouchy when we’re hungry – adults and kids alike!  Anticipate those moments by having snacks planned for afternoons and before dinner to keep everyone happy.  Be sure to include fresh options like fruit and crunchy veggies, along with filling cheeses and more decadent treats so you have something for everyone!

Post the plan: I post a schedule for everyone to see so they’ll know what to expect during their stay.  Don’t overbook your guests, schedule plenty of free time for them to do their own exploring or relaxing.  Channel your local Hampton front desk concierges and be your guest’s hometown concierge by providing them with a list of activities to do in the area. 

Make time for exercise and fresh air: We all feel better with some fresh air in our lungs. I’d be lost without my daily exercise to clear my head and invigorate my spirit.  Invite your guests on a walk with hot coffee (or hot cocoa!) and everyone will feel refreshed!  Suggest an evening stroll through your local neighborhood to check out the holiday decorations.  Guests at Hampton can also get energized and make time for a workout as most locations boast fitness centers and swimming pools.

Make time for resting: The holidays can be very exhausting – especially for your guests who have traveled near and far.  Make sure to schedule down time for resting in the afternoons or early evenings.  An afternoon nap can feel like an indulgent treat for exhausted guests.

Big breakfasts: Serving a big breakfast in the morning seems to make everyone happy!  When we host guests, I prepare big bowls of fresh fruit for nibbling on in the morning, and then make some fresh waffles because really, who doesn’t love waffles?!? Hampton offers a free, hot breakfast every morning with fresh-baked waffles – the perfect thing to get your day started!

Stock up on extras: Don’t forget to stock up on extra necessities like shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, contact solution, and other toiletries that guests tend to forget! Take a cue from your local Hampton and anticipate everything that your guests may need and put a basket chock full of products right in their bathroom or bedroom.

Plan fun games: The best memories over the holidays are when everyone is relaxing, laughing and having a great time.  You can help orchestrate these moments by planning fun games in which everyone can participate.  You can host an Ugly Sweater Contest, A Christmas Carol Sing-Off, or Gingerbread House Competition during one of your “at home happy hours.”

Prepare: Do as much preparation in advance as you can.  Plan menus around recipes that can be made ahead of time -   freezer-friendly, one-dish meals like lasagna, or a hearty-braised beef stew are great options when serving a crowd.  Run a supermarket sweep a few days before for toiletries.  Do your own laundry before guests arrive, so that the washer and dryer can be available for them, if necessary.  The ultimate holiday hosts know that being prepared is the absolute best way to make your guests feel welcome in your home because you can actually enjoy them while they are there!

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So, who’s ready to send their guests to a Hampton Hotel? Well, one lucky Momtrends reader is going to win a one night stay at any Hampton Hotels location in the United States!

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And while we’re on the subject of holiday entertaining, Momtrends is hosting a Hampton Holiday Twitter Party today, 12/17/2013, at 1 PM EST! Join us won’t you?!? The Twitter Party Prizing is (5) Be My Guest Cards for a one (1) night stay at any Hampton Hotel. Make sure you RSVP to be eligible to win! Connect with Hampton on:

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  • Bridget Heiple Reich

    I would use it for a night away with my husband!! :)

  • Bridget Heiple Reich

    I like the Grand Gift Snack Tower

  • Sasha

    I should use it for me and my fiancé for a night away from the kiddo but I’d like to have a night 100% to myself, lol.

  • Sasha

    Toast the Traditions would be the gift box I would choose.

  • Kat McQuaid

    I’d use this for a one night getaway into the city with my husband.

  • mami2jcn

    I would use it for a stay in South Carolina.

  • mami2jcn

    From Hickory Farms I like the Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box.

  • Kellie

    I would use it to take my daughter to the beach!

  • Kellie

    My favorite basket is the Party Planner Gift Box.

  • Andrea Trautman

    Oh my gosh – right now, I’d just like to spend the night in a hotel all alone ;) Actually, I think I’d get a hotel near Philadelphia – so my husband and I could visit with our friends.

  • Andrea Trautman

    My favorite basket would have to be the Vineyards & Orchards Gift Box.

  • Aliyah Weinstein

    I would use it to take an overnight trip to Ohio.

  • Aliyah Weinstein

    Cheddar flight with salami basket :)

  • Rona Berry-Morin

    Free wi-fi, breakfast, clean rooms…sounds awesome to me.

  • 618mo

    I would use it for vacation this summer.

  • 618mo

    I like the

    Famously Thin Peanut Brittle 1 lb.

  • Megan B

    Night away with the hubs!!

  • Megan B

    Part planner basket

  • Elena

    I would use it when I travel to San Francisco and would stay at Hampton Inn Sa Francisco

  • Elena

    I like the Grand Gift Snack Tower

  • Elizabeth De Castro

    I would use it to for a night away with my husband!

  • Elizabeth De Castro

    Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    I love the party planner gift box :)

  • Paol Trenny

    I like the
    Hickory Holiday Celebration

  • Paol Trenny

    I would use it on our trip this summer to san destin florida

  • stephanie

    i would go on a trip

  • stephanie

    i wanna try the

    Party Planner Gift Box

  • susan1215

    I would use it to visit our families in Omaha

  • susan1215

    Home for the Holidays Gift Box

  • D Schmidt

    I would donate the nights stay to a relative coming to visit.

  • D Schmidt

    Visited Hickory Farms and I really like the Holiday Petits Fours

  • Kim Henrichs

    I would use it when I go to Maine!

  • Kim Henrichs

    I like All The Cellar’s Best

  • Jenn_FiveDollarShake

    I would use it to surprise my husband with during our next date night. it’s been years since we were away for a night alone.

  • Jenn_FiveDollarShake

    The Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box is my favorite.

  • latanya t

    I would use it to go to Florida

  • latanya t

    Famously Thin Peanut Brittle 1 lb.

  • Sadie

    I would use it on our vacation to Wisconsin.

  • Sadie

    My favorite gift basket -Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box

  • Katy Rohlicek

    I would take a weekend trip away with my new husband!

  • Mariaelena Dominguez

    I would use this next month when we go visit the in-laws

  • Mariaelena Dominguez

    I like the red ribbon treat basket! Looks delicious!

  • http://www.katydidandkid.com KatydidandKid

    I’d take the kids to nearby Philadelphia or New York for an overnight visit.

  • http://www.katydidandkid.com KatydidandKid

    The Holiday Petit Fours gift basket looks festive!

  • RambleSAHM W.

    Hubby and I would stay at the Branson Landing location! I hope, I hope!

  • RambleSAHM W.

    I want the Hickory Farms Party Planner Gift Box! Does it come with the room??? JK

  • nanlara

    I would take my son to maine for a day trip

  • nanlara

    I like cheddar flight with salami

  • clarissa

    i would go on a girls shopping trip with my daughters

  • clarissa

    the ice cream truffles look good

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden

    I like the Home for the Hoidays basket.

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden

    I would take my kids on a trip up north to visit my brother.

  • Jacob

    I would use it to stay at the Hampton Inn Dallas/Lewisville – stayed there for my honeymoon

  • Jacob

    My favorite basket is the Cheddar Flight with Salami

  • Marcia Goss

    I would use it for a weekend getaway for me and my husband.

  • Marcia Goss

    My favorite is the Party Planner Gift Box.

  • susitravl

    I’d go to Arkansas and visit my brother.

  • Christina G

    My favorite is the Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket —I love fresh fruit!

  • Christina G

    I would use my Hampton stay for business travel for either me or my husband.

  • jenmalonee

    I would use it for a quick family getaway this winter.

  • jenmalonee

    I love the Family Gathering Gift Basket.

  • Seth

    I would like to book a stay for my 1-year anniversary with my wife.

  • Seth

    I like the Dried Fruit Collection on HickoryFarms.com

  • coupontammy

    I would take my husband away for the weekend for our 25th Anniversary.

  • coupontammy

    I like the Fresh From The Farm Basket.

  • steve weber

    I would book a hotel for NYE.

  • steve weber

    I like the fresh from the farm basket

  • Alaine

    I’d love to get away with my husband in Kansas City.

  • Alaine

    i like the party planner gift box.

  • Jennifer

    I’d use the 1-night stay as part of a weekend getaway!

  • Jennifer

    My fav Hickory Farms basket is Holiday Petits Fours

  • Beth C

    My husband has been having a lot of health issues. I’d love to take him to a Hampton Inn for some relaxation.

  • Beth C

    I’d like the summer sausage and cheese package.

  • Tabathia

    I would visit family in DC

  • Tabathia

    I like the
    Snowflake Pretzels

  • Missy

    I would use it for a family vacation. Thanks for the giveaway! DamianMom at yahoo dot com

  • Missy

    My favorite is the pack and go business tote. DamianMom at yahoo dot com

  • http://twitter.com/Kellydinpa kelly

    I would take my kids to Lancaster PA
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  • http://twitter.com/Kellydinpa kelly

    I like the
    Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box
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  • bittripfan

    Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box

  • bittripfan

    family in nyc

  • http://littlethingsbigstuff.com/ natalie

    I would like to stay in Louisville, KY!

  • http://littlethingsbigstuff.com/ natalie

    favorite basket is the fresh fruit trio

  • lauren

    i would use it as a mini spring break

  • lauren

    I like the italian ice cream truffles from hickory farms

  • MA

    A break! We would love to stay in orlando!

  • Nikki Norris

    MY favorite Hickory Farms gift basket is the Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift basket! I love their smoked sausage and cheese! :)

  • Nikki Norris

    I would use my stay at the Hampton Hotel as a stress-free relaxing night off from real life.

  • Carla Pullum

    I would use in in San Marcos, CA for a retreat to relax! Merry Christmas!

  • lauren

    I like the fresh fruit trio

  • cezovski

    I would stay at the one in Ontario, Calif when we go to Southern California to visit our family
    Rafflecopter: Carolsue

  • cezovski

    I like theDeluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box at Hickory Farms
    Rafflecopter: Carolsue

  • terry maigi

    I would use it to take my family on a mini vaca!

  • Natalie yeoman

    I’d use it the next time I went to a concert out of town

  • Susan Pertierra

    I would stay at the Hampton near my dad’s house when all the family gets together.

  • Susan Pertierra

    Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box

  • Mary W

    I would use the Hampton Inn certificate with my sister on our drive up to Montana.

  • Mary W

    I like The Family Gatherings basket.

  • David

    I would take my family on a mini vacation in SC.

  • David

    The

    Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box.

  • catholicfanatic

    My daughter goes to college next fall and I will be using it to see her and tour the area.
    Sonya Morris

  • catholicfanatic

    I love the All Day Celebration Gift Box.
    Sonya Morris

  • Staci A

    Our 10 year anniversary is coming up. It’d be nice to have a night out.

  • Staci A

    I like the Party Planner gift box.

  • Kim,USA

    Love this one!