Since EJ and I still live in town, we end up hosting everyone for homecoming! Last year was kind of a squeeze in EJ's one bedroom, but now that we have moved into a larger apartment, we have plenty of space for our friends to crash! I personally love playing hostess, so where as 4+ house guests might be stressful for some people, I revel in the chaos! I've already started prepping and I have a few tips and tricks for making sure you aren't too stressed out to enjoy your company!
Tip #1: Create a Cleaning Schedule
Especially if your guests are arriving at the end of a work week, the last thing you want to do is spend Thursday night rushing around trying to get everything ready. I usually try to save vacuuming and dusting until the day before (or morning of, if my schedule allows), but there are a lot of things that you can do ahead of time to spare yourself the frenzy! I'll clean bathrooms earlier in the week, and wash all of the towels and linens ahead of time (note: if you have pets who think they own the spare bedroom but still want to wash early, just fold the linens and make the bed right before your guests arrive!). The kitchen is also an easy spot to deep clean a few days early - that way all you have to do is a quick wipe down!
Tip #2: Do Some Grocery Shopping
I usually try ti keep my fridge stocked when people are coming over...however, I've learned in the past that unless you've explicitly planned to eat in, preparing dinners with company usually doesn't happen. Especially at homecoming, my friends usually want to visit college hometown favorites for lunches and dinners. Breakfast, however, is a different story! Trying to get 6+ hungover butts dressed and off to breakfast is usually a huge struggle. Stock up on eggs, pancake mix, breakfast meats - whatever floats your boat - and make breakfast in the morning. Your guests will appreciate not having to leave the house and everyone will save a few bucks for the bar later ;)
Tip #3: Stock Up on Paper Goods
The return of the red solo cup! But seriously, paper and plastic are just so much easier when lots of people and alcohol are involved. There's a reason that fraternities everywhere worship the solo cup. I also suggest grabbing more paper towels and toilet paper! Its much better to have extra than to run out in the middle of the weekend!
Tip #4: Ask Your Friends to BYOB
This tradition actually started for us the first weekend that Leah visited after starting work at Terrapin. She gets free beer, so it made sense to pay us "rent" in alcohol and we had no complaints. Since then, it has become an easy way for whoever is hosting to save a few dollars (since they probably just racked up a small grocery bill), and for people to get to drink what they prefer! I'm sure this policy might change as we get older (or turn into the more classy bottle of wine), but for now while we are all still in grad school and entry level jobs, this works best for everyone!
Be on the lookout for some Instagram action this weekend (we will even be all dressed up for the homecoming dance!!!). And GO DEACS!