Have a horde of house guests coming for the holidays? (Can’t they just stay in a hotel? Kidding, kidding. We love them.)

Don’t panic. The Home Sale has everything – and I mean everything – you need to make every out-of-towner feel at-ease and leave ever-impressed. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Tuck some crisp sheets in tight and load up on the pillows. It’s probably a tad chilly outside, so leave a few extra blankets stacked on a chair, just in case. Guests are always apprehensive about asking for things (even when we tell them to make themselves at home).

Coffee & Toast
Is there anything better in the morning? (Okay, maybe pancakes.) But there’s no need to go overboard – you’re probably preparing the big dinner feast. Have coffee brewing, offer some fruit or toast, and take them to your favorite breakfast diner.

The Bar
Keep it stocked. Come 3PM (it’s the holidays, we don’t judge), someone will be jonesing for eggnog, and you’ll be ready with the rum. From ice buckets and decanters to every type of cocktail glass and goblet, this Boutique has everything you need to become the world’s best host(ess).

Our Get Ready, It’s a Big One: The Home Sale Boutique opens Friday, December 7, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 7, 2012

Nothing’s better on a crisp fall morning than curling up in your comforter and having breakfast in bed. Whether it’s waffles doused in maple syrup or pancakes with a chocolate chip smile, it’s this kind of home cooking that always starts the day off right. Check out these sweet recipes, then treat someone you love (or, yourself) to a tasty, home-cooked wake-up call.

Give kids a spooky breakfast with mummy sausages that just scream Halloween.

Not a morning person? These sticky buns are sure to rouse even the latest sleepers. Trust me, with this much gooey goodness they’ll have to get up.

These crispy, warm popovers (topped with a little jam, of course) are sure to please every overnight guest.

And lastly – well, this isn’t actually a recipe, but who can resist crazy pancake faces?

Our Sundays in the Kitchen: Comfort Food Essentials Boutique opens Friday, October 12, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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October 12, 2012