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Hampton Hotels Hosting Tips + Win a Free Night

December 19, 2013
If you’ve ever hosted guests at your house for Christmas it may not be the most wonderful time of year for you.  You have to clean up, re-decorate, cook, and be the hostess with the mostess.  We would love for everyone to stay in one place but that is not always possible.  It’s OK to suggest a hotel that will make your guests feel at home.  Personally, I prefer to stay in a hotel versus sleeping on a floor in a packed house.  Hampton Hotels would like for you to experience their Hamptonality this holiday season.  Hamptonality by Hampton Hotelsis all about celebrating the little moments that make a big difference.

Holiday Hosting Tips by Hampton
Tip 1: Be the best OFF-SITE host ever… – If you simply don’t have enough room to host all of your holiday guests or you just think everyone would be happier with their own, comfortable space, consider booking them at your local Hampton.
Tip 2: Surprise your guests with welcome treats – Surprise them with a little treat when they arrive.
Tip 3: Be prepared with lots of snacks – We all get a little grouchy when we’re hungry – adults and kids alike!  Anticipate those moments by having snacks planned for afternoons and before dinner.
Tip 4: Post the plan – Post a schedule for everyone to see so they’ll know what to expect during their stay.  
Tip 5: Make time for resting – Make sure to schedule down time for resting in the afternoons or early evenings.
Tip 6: Plan one special night for the adults – The holidays are really all about the kids, but it can be really nice for the adults to get some time for themselves, too.
Tip 7: Make your home “help yourself” friendly – Set up a refreshment center and make a few sets of spare keys, so that people can easily come and go as they please.  Basically, be their “at home” concierge.
Tip 8: Prepare! – Do as much preparation in advance as you can.  Plan menus around recipes that can be made ahead of time – freezer-friendly, one-dish meals like lasagna or stew. 
Hampton Hotels has 1,900 Hampton locations.  Hampton Hotels also offers free hot breakfast Free wired or wireless high-speed internet access in all guest rooms.  I’ve stayed at Hampton Hotel several times and I’ve always had fab service and a great hot breakfast!  
    Hampton Hotels is giving one lucky reader a one night stay at U.S. Hampton Hotel location! Giveaway will end on December 30th.  Open to US addresses only.  Restrictions may apply for certain locations. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Good Luck! 

    Compensation was provided by Hampton Hotel via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hampton or Momtrends

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      THis sounds lovely

    • coco crome
      December 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      I prepare food days in advance and let food marinate two days in advance. I also let my kids help out as well.

    • CurlyHead
      December 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      NIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!!!! *in my Fabolous voice*

    • Elena
      December 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      My tip is to provide extra towels and bathroom essentials for my guests

    • Constance
      December 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      I love this! I always want my family and me to be comfortable while on vacation.

    • Aracely @ Mama Fashion Files
      December 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Having snacks spread around the room and refreshments is always a great host tip.

    • Nina Tho
      December 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm


    • Erica Fresh
      December 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Oh how i would love to get away for the day!! thank you for the opportunity

    • Roni
      December 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      I get the whole family involved, I give everyone age appropriate tasks and try to keep things fun. And I like to plan everything from meals to activities in advance.

    • Bridget Heiple Reich
      December 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I always have the bathroom stocked for my guests and have extra blankets in the bedroom.

    • Ashley Ellis
      December 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      I love having an agenda and gift bag ready for guests when they arrive. #HamptonHoliday

    • Renae
      December 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      PLAN, PLAN, PLAN AHEAD. I make list about everything, and I clean and clean.

    • Rhonda
      December 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I have a weekend planned and I have homecooked food when time permits.

    • Ashley
      December 20, 2013 at 3:22 am

      Lately I have been using Pinterest as a guide to hosting different events. I make sure that I give myself plenty of days or months before I host an event whether big or small. It is also great to ask for help if needed 🙂

      With Love,

    • Dominique Rene
      December 20, 2013 at 3:36 am

      Buying cute seasonal towels, soaps etc for the bathroom gives your guest a home away from home feel

    • Candice
      December 20, 2013 at 5:48 am

      I love hosting.its a lot of work but i have to plan ahead and always have help..

    • Candice
      December 20, 2013 at 5:49 am

      I love hosting.its a lot of work but i have to plan ahead and always have help..

    • Carissa G
      December 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      I love hosting…and I would make sure a meal is prepared when they got there so they dont feel slighted because they arent staying at my house. We actually did this when I got married, everyone stayed in a hotel but we had dinner the day before for them.

    • Curvie Birdie
      December 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      this is just what mama needs

    • tasha
      December 21, 2013 at 12:30 am

      My guest room is made up to feel like you are in a hotel. I put a robe in there. Then there is a travel bag full of the essentials. I want people to feel at home and comfortable.

    • tasha
      December 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

      My guest room is made up to feel like you are in a hotel. I put a robe in there. Then there is a travel bag full of the essentials. I want people to feel at home and comfortable. #HamptonHoliday

    • Meredith
      December 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I think my tip is preparation- you must be prepared so you can sit back and actually enjoy the Holidays #HamptonHoliday

    • Jasanna Czellar
      December 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      I always try to have a little adventure and a little relaxation! #HamptonHoliday

    • Seth
      December 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      My #HamptonHoliday tip is to have a variety of beverages to cover most preferences – water, soda, juice, alcohol.

    • Jennifer
      December 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Ensure the kitchen is spotless! Everyone spends time in the kitchen.

    • Tiffany
      December 24, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Would LOVE TO WIN THIS!! Fingahs are crossed!

    • marcia goss
      December 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

      I want my guests to have a quiet, comfy place to sleep, and plenty of food and drinks.

    • Sarah Lampley
      December 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      I love the idea of surprising guests with welcome treats! I think I’ll even do this in our guest bedroom. Thanks! 🙂

    • Sanni
      December 28, 2013 at 3:33 am

      Hire an experienced baby sitter so adults can have a night away and prepare extra foods in advance if you know someone likes pretzels bulk up ahead of time and use a crockpot saves me so much time..

    • Bo
      December 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Try to prepare as much in advance so you can relax and enjoy the time with your guests!

    • The Style and Beauty Doctor
      December 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      LOVE the idea about having snacks on hand at all times 🙂

    • thisisliferemix
      December 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Always have help to clean up

    • Neiddy Ruiz
      December 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      I show my guests my Hamptonality by serving them delicious homemade meals and sweet treats.
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    • J Nicole
      December 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Make the guests feel like they are apart of your home even though they are in a hotel. Also have a van or car service for transportation to your house so they won’t feel like they have to drive all the time to and from your house.