The holidays are notorious for being both magical and hectic. But, with careful planning and these 6 Tips for Successful Holiday Hosting – you can enjoy the season more and stress less.
1. Make a List & Check It Twice
Planning ahead is one of the best ways to prepare for your holiday guest crowd. There’s nothing worse than welcoming everyone to your home only to realize you’ve forgotten something important. Write it down! You can plan your menu, seating chart, paper products, cooking schedule, and more.
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Assign Tasks
Your family isn’t there just to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Give them jobs! Your partner/spouse can help with shopping, checking RSVPs, moving furniture to accommodate party crowds, and more. Children can help with basic food prep, wrapping silverware, and setting up decorations.
3. Set Up A Drink & Coffee Bar
Guests will go back for beverages often during your event. Don’t take time out of your tasks to show them where the glasses are or pour for them. Set up a separate drinks area so guests can help themselves as needed. Use an attractive cocktail cart with an ice bucket, and add a Keurig or other instant personal coffee machine so party goers can prepare a cup of hot coffee or tea after dinner.
4. Arrange Your Home to Inspire Mingling
The best parties are the ones where everyone moves around, talking and visiting. Two great ways to encourage this:
Use Buffet Tables – Buffets are great ways to ensure your guest keep moving instead of sitting around a stuffy dining room table. Pull the buffet away from the way so that everyone can serve from all four sides.
Be Strategic with Chairs – No one wants to stand ALL night, so you will need to provide a place to sit. However, avoid placing chairs far away from each other or against the wall. Instead, create groupings of seats in small circles to encourage conversation.
5. Make Appetizers Ahead of Time
While you may want your main dish to be fresh & piping hot for guests, appetizers definitely allow room for early prep. Plan appetizers that can be cooked or prepared ahead of time, so that you can easily serve them when the time comes. Many can even be frozen – check out these recipes from Martha Stewart.
6. Up To Date Appliances
I can remember many holidays spent with my parents, but one sticks out from the rest. It was hours before the entire family (about 20 people) were to show up for dinner and my mother went to check on the turkey. It was still raw!! She’d turned the oven on…well, pressed the button at least. The oven was broken! Now people were going to arrive and we had no way to cook!
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