Turn up the cell phone ringer
With texts, calls, and emails buzzing for attention, it’s tempting to keep a cell perpetually silent. This is the time, however, to turn up the volume. “Make sure you have your phone nearby where you can hear it, in case your guests get lost,” says Rachel Isgar, etiquette expert and owner of Please Pass the Manners. “Sometimes navigation systems don’t bring you to exactly the right spot.” This also lets guests ask you about parking or give you a heads-up if they’re running late.
Flip on outdoor lights
Make your home visible. “Late in the year, it gets dark very early. Make the house easy to spot, especially if this is the first time someone is coming to your home,” says Thomas P. Farley, Boston Market etiquette expert. If you have festive decorations, hang a wreath on the front door or tie a bow around the doorknob. This let guests know you’re ready for an event.