The holidays are a time to visit with family, and often this means hosting overnight guests.  Preparing your home for visitors can be an added stress during an already busy time, as this often involves extra errands to ensure you have everything you need to make your guests feel comfortable during their stay.

With a little help and some trusted tips you’ll be known as the hostess with the mostess to your guests, as you add thoughtful hotel touches to your home.

The Bedroom

Sprinkle Downy Unstopables into your laundry to ensure sheets smell fresh and clean for their entire stay – adding a touch of luxury to their sleep!  To be sure your guests feel relaxed place a Febreze Sugared Cranberry Candle on their bedside table – the aroma is certain to put them at ease!

The Kitchen

Doing laundry can not only be a hassle for guests, but is rarely ever a priority.  With Tide-To-Go Pens, you can offer them the feeling of a crisp clean outfit instantly, in the event of a dinnertime mishap.

Harsh winter air and a sink full of dishes may sound like an unsavoury way to treat your special guests. Since they’re sure to be the first to lend a helping hand after dinner, show your gratitude and make dishwashing a pleasant, post-dinner tradition. It’s simple: swap out your favourite scented suds for Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay, cutting turkey grease and rejuvenating your guests’ hands in just five washes!

The Bathroom

Travel sized portions of body wash, face cream, shampoo and conditioner are the perfect items to keep in the full bathroom for your overnight guests.  As these products are often the first items forgotten when packing, guests will not have to worry when they see Olay Body Wash andOlay Regenerist waiting for them by the bathroom sink.

In the shower, add a couple shampoo and conditioner options to provide hair products that match your guests’ needs!  With Pantene Smooth, your guests will have hair that stays super-sleek for up to 72 hours and, with Pantene Volume, guests who suffer from flat hair will experience 24-hour volume to get them through that holiday party!

Last but not least, remember: before the doorbell rings, spray the house with Febreze Frosted Pine Air Effects. You may be noseblind to your home smell, but guests are not!


How do you prepare for holiday guests? To lend a helping hand, I’m excited to giveaway a Holiday Host Kit (valued at $40*) to one lucky reader. The Holiday Host Kit includes:

* This giveaway ends on December 7, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. Giveaway is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec).

Disclosure: By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec, and will not be sent out of the country.

116 Comments on Transform your Home Into a Hotel for the Holidays

  1. Jeannie
    November 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

    We test ours twice a year, when we change our clocks.

  2. SueSueper
    November 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Usually every few months also when I hear it advertised to do it.

  3. Jonnie
    November 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm (3 years ago)

    We test them twice a year

  4. Jenny
    November 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes we will

  5. Glogirl
    November 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm (3 years ago)

    We are hosting an early Christmas celebration the end of this month.

  6. Stephanie LaPlante
    November 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes we always host a Christmas party

  7. Lesley
    November 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh yes, Christmas Eve and Day is always a family celebration at my house! All out camping style, breakfast buffet in the morning while we open presents… and some lovely siblings don’t leave till Boxing Day 🙂

  8. Judy Cowan
    November 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes we have family coming on Boxing Day for a few days.

  9. lori b
    November 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    yes planning on having a few of them, lets hope i am ready

  10. l p
    November 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm (3 years ago)

    not this year. thanks

  11. suzi
    November 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Nope – I ‘m going on holiday to see my love so I’m hoping to get pampered! 🙂

  12. Athena
    November 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

  13. Dayna Wilson
    November 12, 2014 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Probably a cookie exchange.

  14. Victoria Ess
    November 13, 2014 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    No I usually don’t host.

  15. Stacie Gorkow
    November 13, 2014 at 8:37 am (3 years ago)

    We host friends and I help my mom hosting Christmas.

  16. Lisa Neutel
    November 13, 2014 at 8:41 am (3 years ago)

    I am hoping have guest over for New Year’s Eve

  17. Suzie M
    November 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm (3 years ago)

    No certain plans but I am sure it will happen

  18. mongupp
    November 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Not sure.

  19. Karine
    November 13, 2014 at 9:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Will be hosting a dinner 🙂

  20. Jenn
    November 13, 2014 at 11:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Not this year! I will be helping my mother host though.

  21. Amy C
    November 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, we are going to be hosting some get togethers this holiday season.

  22. Gillian Morgan
    November 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes we will. We host both sides of the family.

  23. jen s.
    November 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm (3 years ago)

    No – my best friend has extended a wonderful holiday invite. So that’s where I’ll be relaxing and celebrating.

  24. Erin McSweeney
    November 14, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

    this year i’m not hosting, i get to visit

  25. Tina L.
    November 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm (3 years ago)

    No, I be visiting others.

  26. Belinda McNabb
    November 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I will not be hosting but attending a couple of potlucks

  27. Andrew P
    November 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Nope! Will be going over to my relatives house this year

  28. tanyab79
    November 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm (3 years ago)

    No not this year. 🙁

  29. Dreena
    November 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, we will! Lots of work, but lots of fun.

  30. Florence C
    November 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes a few family get togethers.

  31. stacey dempsey
    November 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

    My home is small so I will cohost a few get togethers at my sisters place

  32. J
    November 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I believe so. It’s still early.

  33. Lori Bazan
    November 17, 2014 at 7:30 am (3 years ago)

    I am hosting Christmas dinner this year!! So much work but fun to have everyone together

  34. nicolthepickle
    November 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I hope a Christmas Brunch.

  35. Sunshine G
    November 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

    We usually have a couple of small get-togethers every year.

  36. maria
    November 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm (3 years ago)

    No, my place is too small

  37. Lee-Ann
    November 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Just a small one for a few friends

  38. Nicole
    November 18, 2014 at 12:40 am (3 years ago)

    A few friends at a time throughout Dec.

  39. Amy Brown
    November 18, 2014 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

    I won’t be, but my sister will and I’d love to help her out with these ideas.

  40. Holly Messana
    November 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm (3 years ago)

    I don’t think we will be hosting anything this year. This year I think we will be going to visit family.

  41. Viv Sluys
    November 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm (3 years ago)

    We’ll be hosting a New Year’s get-together but we aren’t sure yet about Christmas.

  42. Louise Gilbert
    November 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes I am hosting this year. On Dec 13 we having a Christmas get together. Games and drinks night with our friends

  43. Lynda Cook
    November 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm (3 years ago)

    No not this year, it’s going to be a quiet one

  44. Kristine Ewald
    November 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes I am and I am planning a big Christmas banquet

  45. Brenda Penton
    November 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I am hosting Christmas dinner for my mom’s side of the family

  46. Wayne Lecoy
    November 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win this Holiday Host Kit.
    In response to your question of
    Will you be hosting any get togethers this holiday season?
    Yes i will be hosting a couple parties this holiday season.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!

  47. 409cope
    November 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm (3 years ago)

    This year all the get-togethers are at my in-laws homes.

  48. Karla Sceviour
    November 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

    maybe a little get together with a few friends.

  49. Chris Stockford
    November 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm (3 years ago)

    We test them twice a year

  50. Silvia D
    November 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm (3 years ago)

    people will drop by and then family Christmas dinner on Christmas day

  51. Erin W
    November 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I have a dinner for my In-Laws on Boxing Day.

  52. heidi c.
    November 19, 2014 at 1:05 am (3 years ago)

    We usually have a few people over during the holiday season.

  53. charityk
    November 19, 2014 at 4:31 am (3 years ago)

    yes i will host again this year:)

  54. Soozle
    November 19, 2014 at 6:48 am (3 years ago)

    I do host a few small get togethers

  55. BlessedTA
    November 19, 2014 at 9:49 am (3 years ago)

    Yes, I am.

  56. SweetPanda
    November 19, 2014 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    Yes, we will have a Christmas gathering this year

  57. Juliee Fitze
    November 19, 2014 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

    Not this year.

  58. Elaine G
    November 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm (3 years ago)

    No I won’t be

  59. caryn s
    November 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I always host the big family get together!

  60. Treen Goodwin
    November 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    We have all the Family over on Christmas eve for a big Family supper with Rappie Pie , Christmas Cheer and exchange gifts 🙂

  61. kathy downey
    November 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm (3 years ago)

    We will have an all day party on the 20th,Our first grandson was born on Dec.17th my husbands birthday starting at 2 in the afternoon till 8 in the evening for the grandson and an adult party starting at 9 for us older folks

  62. Erika Belanger
    November 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, one or two!

  63. Jennifer P.
    November 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, we hold the Christmas dinner at our house.

  64. Anna W
    November 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm (3 years ago)

    We will be having some friends over.

  65. Tammy Dalley
    November 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I always have a get together for new years

  66. Doris Calvert
    November 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm (3 years ago)

    We always have Christmas Day dinner at our house.

  67. Michelle armstrong
    November 20, 2014 at 2:38 am (3 years ago)

    My mom passed away in May so we are heading to the happiest place on earth! Disney World!! Hopefully!! Delivered my own baby so paper work is taking awhile! So we are thinking of hosting a drop in so we can see all the family

  68. Lindsay Cyr
    November 20, 2014 at 9:26 am (3 years ago)

    We haven’t decided yet, we normally go to my grandparents for Christmas Day but we may invite some people over for a Boxing Day dinner this year.

  69. angela m
    November 20, 2014 at 11:24 am (3 years ago)

    I will be hosting a few get togethers

  70. Rhonda W G.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm (3 years ago)

    We probably will have some friends over…

  71. Doris H
    November 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I will be hosting a Christmas Dinner.

  72. Debbie W
    November 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I plan to have an open house.

  73. missbobloblaw
    November 21, 2014 at 2:22 am (3 years ago)

    We will be having a few small gatherings over the holidays.

  74. roger simmons
    November 21, 2014 at 2:59 am (3 years ago)

    Yes, my daughter is coming from Calgary

  75. leanne
    November 21, 2014 at 11:44 am (3 years ago)

    Yes we will have a small get together at our house.

  76. sarah w
    November 22, 2014 at 9:19 am (3 years ago)

    Yes, I will be doing the big xmas dinner this year!

  77. Julie Bolduc
    November 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm (3 years ago)

    We are having my mother in law down for a week

  78. Marlene Meyers
    November 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    My children and grandchildren will all be home, I think it 12 now

  79. Sabrina Worrall
    November 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm (3 years ago)

    we usually have a small get together with friends

  80. Wanda Tracey
    November 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

    We are hosting a christmas celebration this year.We ususally host at least two parties over the holiday season.

  81. Becky Best
    November 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, I will be hosting a couple get togethers for sure, about 15 of us for Christmas supper! 🙂

  82. Karry Knisley
    November 22, 2014 at 11:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I will be hosting an 18th birthday for my daughter

  83. Kelly Bouma
    November 23, 2014 at 12:24 am (3 years ago)

    Yes, will be hosting family

  84. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    November 23, 2014 at 9:43 am (3 years ago)

    yes Im having around 22 people on the 12th

  85. kristen visser
    November 23, 2014 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    Yes I will be! New tradition set last year. I know host my families Christmas and I LOVE it 🙂

  86. Wendy hutton
    November 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm (3 years ago)

    no we usually just spend a quiet christmas at home

  87. Megan F.
    November 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm (3 years ago)

    We are probably going to my family’s place so we won’t be hosting anything at our house.

  88. joy
    November 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm (3 years ago)

    no plans as of yet to host – our house is pretty small.

  89. Toby
    November 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I host one and believe me, it’s enough! lol

  90. Michelle Michaud
    November 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, going to be having a Christmas party with friends and then Christmas supper with family, then New Year’s / birthday party!

  91. Stefanie Haluk
    November 24, 2014 at 12:03 am (3 years ago)

    Not sure yet but hopeful.

  92. amber y
    November 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm (3 years ago)

    yes. we will be hosting a few with friends and family.

  93. Marla
    November 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes 🙂

  94. Jessica G
    November 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    No plans to host as of yet, but I most likely will have some kind of Chanukah gathering.

  95. beth
    November 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm (3 years ago)

    yes I will be host many family members throughout the holidays

  96. Heather Howard
    November 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm (3 years ago)

    We host a friend and a family birthday party for our little guy, this year he is turning 7! We also have an open house Christmas eve, then Christmas day is family meal. 🙂

  97. aarone mawdsley
    November 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm (3 years ago)

    No I will only be attending not hosting

  98. kristy e
    November 26, 2014 at 12:04 am (3 years ago)

    having family over this year

  99. Jeff Skidmore
    November 26, 2014 at 5:27 am (3 years ago)

    Luckily this year we have been invited out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so no cooking here!!

  100. lori
    November 26, 2014 at 7:22 am (3 years ago)

    My holiday get together’s will be starting this Thursday, so yes I will be hosting some.

  101. Kayla Gilbert
    November 27, 2014 at 12:40 am (3 years ago)

    No sadly, I’ll be the one attending get togethers.

  102. Angela Mitchell
    November 28, 2014 at 12:03 am (3 years ago)

    Yes I’m hosting Christmas at my house this year so there will be a lot of family around!

  103. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    November 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

    My son is coming home

  104. Michelle armstrong
    November 30, 2014 at 2:59 am (3 years ago)

    Haven’t yet decided if we are hosting anything.

  105. Kim G.
    December 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm (3 years ago)

    No, I won’t be hosting anything.

  106. Tanis
    December 5, 2014 at 12:37 am (3 years ago)

    No… just attending!

  107. Pat Drouillard
    December 6, 2014 at 1:09 am (3 years ago)

    Not this year have to work…..

  108. Alayne Langford
    December 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes we have a get together on Christmas Eve where we eat Chinese Food and wear silly paper hats, and we also do a Griswald style family turkey on Christmas Day. I am tired just thinking about it! 🙂

  109. ivy pluchinsky
    December 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm (3 years ago)

    we have family coming out from BC, so will probably have them over at some point

  110. Rosa Cross
    December 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm (3 years ago)

    We usually gather at my sister’s place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but on New Year’s Eve we have some friends in before we all take off to bring in the New Year at our local dance hall.

  111. Tracy D
    December 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ll be hosting a family get together. Thanks for the giveaway!

  112. Grace
    December 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Come and go on Christmas day

  113. dawn rader
    December 6, 2014 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I usually host a get together or two…not sure what is going on yet as everyones plans keep changing. for sure I will have have my brother over

  114. Aarti Missra
    December 7, 2014 at 12:25 am (3 years ago)

    No, not hosting any get togethers.

  115. Miriam Wilton
    December 7, 2014 at 2:13 am (3 years ago)

    we are having a toddler christmas party for all our friends on the 19th

  116. beth
    December 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I assisted my sister with dinner for approx 30 tonite ! it was awesome


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