Here's a tip for those who are hosting overnight guests or even just dinner. Pamper your guests by sprucing your linens up with Lavender Linen Spray (lavender has calming properties and a pleasant scent). If you don't have time to put a batch together now, do it in the lull after the holidays. Then use it on your own pillowcase and sheets for restful sleep (which some of us will be really glad for next week).
Lavender Linen Spray
1/2 c. distilled water
1 tsp. vodka or witch hazel
5-6 drops of lavender essential oil (Whole Foods or Wild Oats)
1 - 4 oz. spray bottle (Walgreen's sells them in the beauty aisle)
Mix and pour into clean spray bottle.
To use:spray on sheets and table linens before using or while pressing with hot iron.
For more ideas like this and other information on creating inexpensive gifts and decorations, check out the new book, Pampering Gifts: Crafting a Ministry of Treating People Well For Less.