19 Nov Six Tips for Safer Holiday Celebrations
Six tips for safer holiday celebrations gives you a few ideas to consider as you move forward with your plans.
As the pandemic continues, our homes are increasingly becoming our sanctuary. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday functions are fast approaching. Therefore, many people are opting for virtual gatherings or significantly scaling-back when hosting celebrations. We are fortunate here in SW Florida to be able to enjoy the outdoors year-round. And now more than ever, this holiday season is a great time to take advantage of this space.
Below are six tips for safer holiday celebrations to consider as you contemplate an outdoor get-together:
1. Six tips for safer holiday celebrations: Set expectations up front.
Let your guests and family members know the rules ahead of time and how things will be different this year. In fact, your guests will feel honored for the invite and in turn, respect the boundaries you’ve put in place.
2. Enjoy your lanai.
Outdoor living spaces are the safest option for any gathering. This enables airflow and ample space to distance. If our weather cooperates with nice, cool temperatures, simply open the sliders to your lanai and connect seamlessly to your indoor space. Be sure to arrange tables at a distance to keep guests safe.
3. Create a cozy ambience.
Candles or string lighting can add to a festive and inviting atmosphere. Set up a fire pit for yet another place for loved ones to visit and reconnect. And go ahead and arrange a self-serve tiki bar. Typically, guests enjoy mixing their own drinks to their liking.
4. Six tips for safer holiday celebrations: Get cooking outside.
Most outdoor entertainment spaces now have ovens, refrigerators, and wet bars, so you can reduce any need to go inside. Therefore, consider cooking on your grill, The Green Egg, or in a deep fryer. Keep in mind the presence of an outdoor sink will also reinforce frequent and convenient handwashing.
5. BYO (Bring Your Own).
This year is different. However, you can still make guests feel welcome, but consider asking them to bring their own drinks, food, and dishes. Obviously, no buffet this year. Prefer not to cook? Carry-out is an option, too. Most importantly, be sure to keep all food portions and utensils separate to help reduce the spread of germs.
6. Six tips for safer holiday celebrations: Designate one bathroom for guests.
Ditch cloth towels in favor of disposable ones. In addition, be sure plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer are on hand in the bath and outside. Consider placing a small note on the bathroom door reminding guests of safety protocol, i.e. wiping down the doorknob on their way out.
Gratefulness remains the priority.
Although the holidays may look a little different this year, the bottom line is you want your loved ones to be safe and comfortable. Therefore, whether you choose to have in-person or virtual gatherings, the sentiment of gratefulness can still be conveyed.
From all of us at Paul Homes, we wish you and yours a safe and Happy Holiday!
Paul Homes has been in business for over 35 years building dream homes for homeowners just like you. Our philosophy is to build homes of enduring quality and value, tailored to your specific needs and desires. To learn more, call 239 542 0607 or visit our Majestic Model Home Center, 1406 Cape Coral Parkway West, Cape Coral, FL, 33914.
These tips are suggestions only. Limiting the number of guests and wearing masks is recommended by the CDC. Be sure to stay up to date on CDC requirements for gatherings.
–Information good as of 11/19/2020–