Hosting overnight holiday guests can bring on a lot of stress, emotionally and financially. Follow my budget friendly guide to hosting overnight holiday guests to take a lot of the stress out of entertaining this holiday season.
The holidays can be a big financial burden and it gets even worse if you host overnight guests during the holidays. It’s so much fun to have a house full of family, but the expenses can add up fast.
I hosted my family during the holiday for years before they moved down to Naples. Every Christmas for 5 years I hosted 4 of my family members for 4+ nights. I learned a lot about hosting overnight guests during those years, especially the first year when we kept running out of toilet paper!
Check out all the tips I learned along the way.
Budget Friendly Guide to Hosting Overnight Holiday Guests
Stock up on toilet paper, paper towels and tissues when they are on sale
This is the most important tip! I know from experience that it’s not fun to run to the store for toilet paper on Christmas Eve! Been there, done that.
I have toilet paper and paper towels delivered every month. This saves me tons of money, but it has a downside. I only get what we need so when we have guests, I end up running out of both! I’m so loving these cute Kleenex containers that are so festive for the holidays.
That’s why I always stock up on extra toilet paper and paper towels in November and December when I see a deal. I just took advantage of a great deal at Walmart. There are Ibotta offers for the following products:
If you don’t plan your meals you will end up dining out and spending extra money. I like to make a meal plan well before guest arrive.
Ask your guests in advance what kind of cereals, lunch meat, and snacks they like.
Then plan to make dinners that will serve a lot of people. Gumbo is always a favorite of ours during the holidays because my recipes makes at least 16 servings.
Buy Bulk Ingredients
Once you know what your guests want to eat, head to a big box store to buy a bunch of food in bulk. I like to get cereal, bagels, lunch meat, breads, and snacks in bulk to have handy while entertaining guests during the holidays.
Serve Family Style
Instead of making time for everyone to eat together, I always set up a spread of food served family style for breakfast lunch and dinner. Put out all the options and let guests make a plate when they are hungry.
I’ve found that if I put it out then we are all less tempted to suggest dining out and spending money.
Borrow an Air Mattress
Don’t feel pressured to buy an air mattress. Many of your friends are probably out of town for the holidays. Ask if you can borrow one from a friend who isn’t hosting.
Find Free Holiday Events in Your Town
Sitting around the house with family is fun, but it can get old. Instead of feeling tempted to dine out or go shopping, find free holiday events. Just google your town and “holiday events” to see what is going on in your area. Facebook groups are also a great place to find suggestions for your hometown.
Say Yes to Help
I don’t care what Martha Stewart or Emily Post have to say on this issue. If a guest offers to help out, take them up on it!
As a houseguest myself, I always like to repay my hosts by either picking up groceries one day or treating them to dinner. It’s absolutely okay to say yes to the help if your guest offers!
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