5 Ideas for Hosting Friends and Family for the Holidays

By Toll Brothers 2 minute read

Last updated on December 6th, 2023

The vibrant festivities of the holiday season are upon us. Create beautiful memories in your new home by inviting friends and family to stay with you to celebrate. Here are five ideas for hosting friends and family for the holidays that are sure to make your guests feel welcome and leave them with a lasting impression.

Living room with fireplace and open concept living space into the kitchen.
Concord Pines of Ann Arbor by Toll Brothers in Ann Arbor, Michigan


1. Welcome Guests with a Home Cooked Meal

Spend quality time with friends and family who have just arrived from out of town with a casual first-night dinner. Especially if your guests are cooking enthusiasts, planning and making a meal together is an excellent way for them to get acclimated to your home while reconnecting.   


2. Host a Game Night

After guests get comfortable in your home, organizing a game night in your great room, loft, or finished basement is another family-friendly pastime where both children and adults can participate. Explore a few ideas in these Toll Brothers game rooms that friends and family are sure to enjoy. 

Living Room with access to kitchen with floor-to-ceiling fireplace.
Cinnamon Ridge by Toll Brothers in Sparks, Nevada


3. Spend Time Outdoors

Many Toll Brothers communities are located near walking trails or parks that allow guests to stroll and take in the fresh air. Especially after a long trip, walking together is a simple activity perfect for taking in the natural surroundings and enjoying the conversation and company of loved ones. 

You can also take advantage of your home’s indoor-outdoor living features to bring the natural world in and create a relaxing atmosphere.

Exterior photo of backyard with fire pit, pool table and outdoor seating area.
Diamond Canyon by Toll Brothers in Pleasanton, California


4. Enjoy Holiday Festivities at Home

The holidays provide a perfect opportunity to celebrate with loved ones, and your home is the ideal place to enjoy the season. 

Cherish your time together by exchanging family-secret holiday recipes or singing your favorite holiday tunes. Take a break and indulge in a classic movie, book, or poem around a fire, or share stories of family traditions.

The holidays are also a great time to host a festive gathering with family and friends. Consider creating a one-of-a-kind culinary experience with the assistance of a guest chef or mixologist for a memorable night in your luxury home.


5. Prepare a Comfortable and Welcoming Guest Bedroom

designated guest bedroom is the ideal space to host visiting family and friends. In addition to preparing the space with fresh sheets and towels, add fresh flowers to the nightstand or bathroom counter for a welcoming touch. Many Toll Brothers home designs offer multigenerational living suites complete with a bedroom, sitting area, kitchenette, and bathroom suite – perfect for making guests feel right at home with ample space and privacy.


For more design inspiration during the holidays, visit our Pinterest board or Design page on our blog, Build Beautiful. 

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