Hosting Christmas this year? Or maybe a couple of small holiday gatherings? Hosting can be stressful! Especially with all of the little things in the back of your mind during this festive season. Here are some important tips and tricks to make sure you have the best experience hosting!
1. Plan ahead: Whether it’s a dinner or a brunch put it in your schedule and plan what your making ahead of time. If you plan something last minute consider making it a potluck. Around this time of year your guests will gladly bring a little something something, everyone will love sharing their christmas traditions.
2. Atmosphere: It’s the little things, for both parties I had Christmas music in the background, fairy lights surrounding my whole apartment and simple Christmas decorations. Since I do live in an apartment my decorations were not bulky taking up lots of space like a life size santa or frosty the snowman, instead I had little things like cinnamon scented pinecones scattered over the table, loads of candles, cinnamon sticks, reindeer paper napkins and some wooden holiday bunting. All of these were classic and simple without the bulk (except for my christmas tree which I can’t not have).
3. Drink: I am not much of a drinker but booze is something important to provide when entertaining. With Ryon and I’s trusty new bar cart we usually make sure it’s stocked for when people pop in during the holidays. On hand I always have a bottle of red wine, a bottle of white wine, some vodka and some sort of liquor. In my fridge I also stock up with juices and pops. The possibilities are endless! If you want to add a little pizzazz to your guests drinks consider having some orange slices, cranberries or pomegranate seeds so your guests can add them to their mixed drink or wine, super cute!
4. Food: I recently had a Christmas dinner for my family and tried a dessert recipe I’ve never made before…BAD idea. It failed miserably. So, whatever you’re making, my best piece of advice to you is make sure you’ve made it before and feel comfortable making it. This will assure that whatever you serve will be a showstopper (hopefully).
5. The table: I always set my table the day before hosting. When cooking I tend to use SO many dishes. By setting the day before, it allows me to make sure everything is clean and ready the day of. Sometimes I even put platters and serving spoons on the table to make sure I don’t use them either!
Have you hosted anything this month? If so what did you cook? Keep an eye on my blog this week if you want to see what my apartment looks like decorated for the holidays!
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