Christmas Guest Survival Guide Thursday 9 November 2017 PDF Print Planning ahead can make Christmas visits a really festive affair for everyone This Christmas, homes up and down the land will fling their doors open and welcome a multitude of friends and family. Inevitably, this can test festive cheer and challenge the notion of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. But fear not! High-street retailer Robert Dyas has come up with a simple house guest survival guide to keep the true Christmas spirit alive. Jodie Harris, Robert Dyas’ Head Elf said, “Having a house full of guests over the Christmas period can be stressful. Subsequently, many dread the festive season instead of looking forward to what should be a special time of the year shared with family and friends. Planning ahead can make Christmas visits a really festive affair for everyone. “We firmly believe that having family and friends to stay over the Christmas period should be a real pleasure, and guests should be made to feel very welcome. Thankfully, we have a good strategy to ensure that goodwill prevails.” Christmas Guest Survival Guide 20 Festive Tips 1. Confirm visitor dates and number of guests well in advance to avoid a last-minute panic. 2. It is essential to ensure that guest departure dates are quite specific. Do not give your visitors any opportunity to outstay their welcome! 3. Decide well ahead of time where is the best place in your home to accommodate your extra guests. 4. Clear any clutter from the room and make space for your guest’s belongings in a wardrobe or drawer. 5. Prepare a list of all guest room requirements such as extra bedding, spare towels (£4.99) or an air mattress (£46.99). 6. Check you have sufficient homeware for any additional catering that might be required such as a heated buffet server (£79.99). 7. Check any special dietary requirements with your guests. 8. Prepare a shopping list and avoid the Christmas rush by placing any orders well in advance. 9. Create a warm and welcoming festive-themed guest room with Christmas inspired bedding (£17.99-£29.99) or a cosy penguin bed set (£17.99-£29.99) 10. Add some thoughtful finishing touches, if your budget allows, such as a pretty wooden sign with lights (£19.99) or an exquisite lit wreath (£11.99) to create a cosy glow. 11. A fuss-free, pre-lit Christmas tree (£99.99) could save you precious time at this busy time of year. 12. Remember, it’s your Christmas too and for you to remain the angelic host throughout the festive season a few ground rules are required. 13. Always ask for help with the cooking and washing up. There is no point in crashing around in the kitchen feeling resentful because nobody offered to assist. 14. Head for bed if you’re feeling tired! An exhausted, cranky host will put everyone on edge. 15. Try to stick roughly to your normal routine. 16. Insist that basic house rules are followed such as wiping feet, playing music at a tolerable volume and definitely no Christmas carols after 10:00 PM regardless of how much mulled wine has been consumed. 17. Don’t offer non-stop entertainment. You are the host, not the headline act. 18. If it's time for your guests to leave, do not be afraid to say so. 19. Most of all, sit back, relax and share this wonderful time of the year with your loved ones. 20. And If Christmas turns out to be a challenge, remember there’s always next year. Links: Robert Dyas website: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/ Products: Queen Air Mattress:http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/bestway-restaira-premium-air-bed... Penguin towel set: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/catherine-landsfield-penguin-col... Hostess heated Buffet Server: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/hostess-heated-buffet-server-sil... Buckingham Christmas Tree: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/robert-dyas-buckingham-christmas... Selfie Elfie bed set: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/catherine-lansfield-selfie-elfie... Wooden lit sign: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/wooden-noel-sign-with-white-led-... Pearl and jewel wreath: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/pearl-and-jewel-wreath ENDS Prices are correct at the time the press release was distributed. Media Information provided by Famous Publicity. For further information, please contact Mary-Jane Rose at email@example.com or Adam Betteridge at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tina Fotherby at email@example.com or call the office on 0333 344 2341. About Robert Dyas: Robert Dyas, a man of notable character and remarkable determination, founded the company in 1872. He had a vision to provide customers with the best products, service and advice possible – a tradition that continues to be the focus of the company to this day. In 2012, successful businessman and star of BBC TV’s Dragons Den, Theo Paphitis, bought the company. Theo Paphitis is one of the UK’s most high-profile businessmen with an empire spanning retail, property and finance. Theo, through his staff at the Theo Paphitis Retail Group (TPRG), has continued the Robert Dyas tradition of excellent customer service. Robert Dyas offers an extensive range of household products. The range includes smart home technology, DIY solutions, small and domestic appliances, homeware, bakeware and kitchenware, outdoor and garden, utility, gifts, textiles plus Christmas trees and gifts. The company has 94 stores, ranging from 1,250 to 9,000 square feet (116 to 836 square meters) and operates online and in the South of England. The most western store is in Yeovil, the most eastern store in Colchester, the most northern store in Solihull and the store furthest south is in Eastbourne. The company’s head office is now based in Wimbledon. Website: http://www.RobertDyas.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertDyas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertdyasltd/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertdyas/ Blog: http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/blog Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/robertdyas/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/robertdyasltd This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Robert Dyas in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Men's Interest, Entertainment & Arts, Leisure & Hobbies, Home & Garden, Women's Interest & Beauty, Food & Drink, Retail & Fashion, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.