Preparing your home for the holidays — and guests! #MompactLNO

I am so excited that Christmas is going to be at our house this year!  I love cooking for everyone and just having everyone over to spend time together.

Last year we spent Christmas at my sister’s house, and I figured this year it was our turn (although she doesn’t quite get this every other year concept, I’m sure she’ll come around some day). Everyone else in my family will be there though, and I’m really excited to start getting everything ready!

One of my favorite things to do is decorate the house, and put out cute little displays, and of course decorate our tree. 

We got a new dining room set this year, so I do have to admit I’m a little nervous about everyone eating and making a mess on the new chairs, especially the kids.

As you can see, the bench and chairs have leather surfaces, which would normally be great for easy cleaning; however, the seams are all sewn right on top of the seating area.  Any little bits that do happen to fall down onto the chairs (and with my kids it is a lot of little bits) will stain the fabric, and potentially start to build up an odor.

I can’t have that.

If your kids are as messy of eaters as mine are, you will understand my concern. I did find a great solution though! These chair covers fit my chairs perfectly, are washable, and prevent any ground in bits of food from getting stuck in the seams.

Preparing your home for the holidays – the guests are coming, the guests are coming!

So, now to make my dining room table fabulously ready for the holidays!

First… add chair covers (yeah, did that one a long time ago!!)

Second, add tablecloth with colors more suited for the season (don’t forget awesome Christmas tree in background).

Next, add a cute centerpiece (minus Easter egg)!

Add some holiday cheer to the rest of your house. 

We don’t have a chimney so we hang our stockings on our banister, and I like to have some cute poinsettias around, along with a few other decorations placed around the house.

Will you be home for the holidays, or spending it traveling?

If you will be home, what do you do to get your home ready for the holidays?

If you are traveling, do you still decorate?


If you are looking to for an easy way to protect your seats, you can find the same seat covers that I used by going to Flourish and clicking on solutions. 

The Everyday Elegance Chair Covers are listed there and come in a set of two! Use code jesica10 and get 10% off your entire order now through 12/15/12!

Hurry, all orders must be placed by midnight on the 15th or you won’t have them in time for Christmas!

You can also learn more about the chair covers by going to their website here:


Disclosure: The Mommy Bunch was provided a free product to facilitate this post. Jesica H. is affiliated with Flourish as an independent consultant.



Jesica H

When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica is busy helping other parents make their lives a little less stressful with homemaking hacks, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, and more. On her successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, her Cricut crafting tutorials are the most popular articles and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own. Jesica started where you can find loads more craft tutorials and business advice. In her FREE Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Business, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers, and utilizing smart social media strategies. Join us!

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7 thoughts on “Preparing your home for the holidays — and guests! #MompactLNO

  • December 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    Very nice..... your home looks beautiful :) Reply
  • December 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm
    That's exciting! We usually do Christmas lunch at my place but this year it'll be at my sister's for a change. So we are excited too. You seem well prepared. Happy Christmas! Reply
  • December 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm
    Very pretty centerpiece! Love the festive look! Reply
  • December 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    I love the chair covers, we will be getting a new dining set next year so I too want to protect it. I will be traveling for Christmas and I still decorated. We will be doing a family dinner early and Santa will come early so my little one will not miss out. Reply
  • December 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm
    I waitressed for years and many times people act in a restaurant just like they act as guests in a home - as if you are ALSO a babysitter. If your family is like a lot of people I know, you will need those chair covers. Good investment - that dining room suit is lovely. :) Good luck! Dawn Reply

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