5 Essentials For Your Holiday Host Emergency Kit

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and before we know it, Christmas and New Years after that. This is a wonderful time of year for spending extra special time with family and friends. But, it can also be a stressful time of year, especially if you are hosting.

Here’s a list of tips to get you extra prepared for common “emergencies” that are encountered when hosting a holiday dinner or gathering, courtesy of BobVila.com.

1. Hydrogen Peroxide

Spills will happen. They’ll happen on your carpet, they’ll happen on your pants, they’ll happen on your dress. Be ready. First, blot the spill with a paper towel. Then, combine one teaspoon of carpet shampoo (or dish soap) with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture, squeeze it halfway dry, then gently blot the stain. Continue until the stain lifts. After that, sponge the stained area with warm water, then blot dry with a clean cloth or mor paper towels. Mission accomplished.

2. CLR – Sink & Toilet Declogger

Probably, not likely to happen…but what if it does. Imagine how embarrassing it would be for the person that clogs your toilet or sink. Sort of puts a damper on things don’t you think? And besides, as the commercials for CLR states, “It will work for you or your money back.” You can’t go wrong.

3. A Good Game

Organized socializing and bonding through a good game helps take the pressure of you for sure. Games like Cranium, Trivial Pursuit, Scattergories, and Taboo I think are great options to keep in the livingroom, ready to go.

4. An Extra Place Setting

There are always going to be Thanksgiving or Christmas orphans. People that for one reason or another cannot make it home for the holidays and its good to plan for an extra seat and serving(s). This has been me the last few years, spending Christmas with Brian & Donovan last year. Thanks guys! You also have people that come by unexpectedly and you need to be prepared for those people as well.

5. A Dog

I have two of them. A lot of people don’t have dogs, or if they do, they’ll miss them while they are at your place. Dogs are man’s best friend and can keep your guests entertained for hours and hours. So long as it isn’t a mean, drooling, danger dog. Only friendly, playful, and/or cuddly dogs apply.

What are some of your holiday hosting tips?

  • Jonathan Lerner

    Here are my drink additions:

    – a ‘waiter’s friend’ wine opener – guests will bring wine to share but not a corkscrew.

    – a good but inexpensive bottle of white wine that everyone seems to like (See Ya Later Gerwerstraminer is a safe bet) and a similar red (Casa del Diablo Cab Sav is a good one).

  • Andrew

    Always prepare extra, if you can.
    This year, our 7 turned into 11 within minutes. And, our 2 pooches soon had 2 pooch friends. They all got treats.
    And, we still have leftovers for the day after Christmas potluck at work.