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.
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.
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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!
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!
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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