Happy Holidays lovely people!
It’s finally December, aka the most wonderful time of the year! There is a lot going on for me personally with the upcoming move in January but I still wanted to share some Holiday content with you all.
So something that my family knows how to do well is throw a party. My mother could decide she is going to have a party tomorrow and everything would be perfectly together. (Something I definitely admire her for)
When throwing a party, it doesn’t always have to be huge and elaborate with outrageous decorations and decadent food. There are plenty of ways to make simple parties a hit! Here are my top hostessing tips on how to throw the perfect holiday party.
It’s In The Details (Floral that is)
My favorite part about having a party is fresh flowers! That is always my job come party day. I purchase them from Publix (for you Northerners I’m sorry for you…) usually from the 3 for $12 section and get a variety of flowers to use. When I get home I use all these flowers to create different arrangements for around the house.
I usually make 2-3 larger floral arrangements for centerpieces and then 6-8 smaller arrangements to be placed around the house, on the bar, in the bathroom, etc. It’s a nice little touch that always seems to add “decoration” without having to use banners or garlands. Additionally, creating these floral arrangements your self is much MUCH cheaper than purchasing them already created, so if you have the time be sure to add this beautiful detail!
TIP: Use baby’s breath to make your floral arrangements seem fuller without a lot of added cost.
Nuts About You
Another little hostessing “detail” that we always do is have small bowls of nuts throughout the house. This gives your guests something to snack on and also add as a little decoration. We usually use the ‘variety nuts’ and just spread them out in a few different bowls around our bar and in the living room.
TIP: Do this about 15 minutes before the party starts so the nuts don’t sit out and get stale.
Make sure your restroom is clean and properly stocked with anything your guests might need – hand soap, hand towels, extra toilet paper, Febreze, and even feminine products (just in case) would be a nice touch. Trust me, there’s nothing more embarrassing than being at a party full of people and having to whisper around to find a tampon (UGH) or worse, running out of toilet paper. (The horror!!) Think of all the awkward stuff so your guests won’t have to.
Park Here Please
If you live in a neighborhood, or have a yard with limited parking, let your guests know ahead of time where to park. This avoids having to greet all of your guests in the street as acting traffic cop.
Pet Sitter Wanted
Okay, so you may not necessarily need a pet sitter but do think ahead of where/what you will do with your animal while the party is going on. If you’re only having a small get together this is irrelevant but I find that for larger gatherings it’s much calmer (and easier) to put your animal away somewhere in the house where the party won’t be.
For those of you whose animal is like your child, trust me I understand, but not all your guests will think it’s sooooo cute when your dog slobbers and jumps all over them in their (usually expensive) party clothes. Also, it can be overwhelming for animals when there are tons of people around, so just do everyone a favor and let your pup (or kitty) spend a little R&R time alone.
TIP: If you are attending a party please under no circumstances bring your animal! People really don’t appreciate it. Someone brought their large dog to my parents house for a party and it peed all over our white carpet…. let’s just say they weren’t invited back. As important as it is to be a good hostess, PLEASE be a good guest!
Make sure to chill your beer and wine over night (or as long as possible) to make sure refreshments are ready when the party starts. Also, have lot’s of ice for your guests to use for their drinks.
Just Say Yes
When your kind guests offer to bring something always say yes!! This is something my Mom said it took her years to come to terms with. #1 Your guests wouldn’t ask if they really didn’t want to bring anything & #2 The more food & booze the merrier!
Prepare all of your appetizers/food before the party so you don’t have to spend the whole night in the kitchen. The most important thing is being able to enjoy time with your guests and preparation makes sure that this will actually happen. This will also only work if you choose app’s and meals that are able to be prepped early – so keep that in mind when planning your “menu”. (My go-to’s are always crockpot recipes)
Tip: If you can afford it, it may be worth it to pay someone to be a helper for the night. Just tell someone you’ll give them $20 an hour to make sure all the food stays fully stocked and to put things in and out of the oven. This gives you more time to spend with your guests and less time worrying. ($100 well spent)
Enroll An Elf
Try to find a friend that’s willing to help you the day of the party. I am usually the one that helps my Mom finish up the details she needs done (flowers, putting nuts out, etc.) This is sooooo helpful having another set of hands around the house and another brain to remember things. You don’t have to do the hostessing all on your own, trust me even Martha Stewart had a support squad.
Turn Up The Tunes
There’s nothing worse than being at a party with tons of dead awkward silence. Playing music automatically creates a light fun atmosphere just begging for some casual conversation! Don’t stress over the play list if you don’t have to, we just put the radio on to a local station. People usually aren’t really listening to the radio, it’s just background noise to avoid those awkward lull’s!
Get Your Face On
Try to get as ready as possible in the morning before you begin party prep. I always take a shower and do my hair that way I only have to touch it up before the party. About two hours before the party take a break from your prep and allow yourself time to put on your make up, touch up your hair, etc. You don’t want guests to start arriving while you still have your rollers in!! (Oops)
I hope these holiday hostessing tips will help keep you stress free and allow you to enjoy your holiday party! What’s your favorite hostessing tips and tricks to make sure the party runs hiccup free? Let me know below!
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