As the day before Thanksgiving arrives in households all over the country, so will millions of college students back home for a few days, bringing with them a basket full of laundry, a readiness for some TLC and deeper connections than text and email can afford.
What could say “we love having you home for the holiday” more than a fresh look for their bedroom or bath? The trick is to blend the familiar with the future. New sheets and towels are a great place to begin. Another small but meaningful touch may be a bigger nightstand, bedside table or bedroom furniture to hold books, electronics, and a better reading lamp. Or, you could give the bathroom a fresh, inviting look with a functional and stylish designer sink cabinet.
Some personal touches would speak volumes–like finally framing that piece of artwork you found together at a flea market. Or better yet, hanging a photograph taken on that ski trip last winter. Tuck into a dresser drawer things you know are special favorites–or even necessities left unpacked in the rush to get home.
Of course nothing says “home” more than a place at the dining room table. New placemats, coffee mugs or a fresh centerpiece will always be reminders of this Thanksgiving. For the big meal with all the family favorites, you might invite a suggestion for a new dish, or the beginning of a new tradition, from the “home from school” member of the family.