You are probably in the final staging of planning your annual holiday party. Even though you have a lot to do during the month, it’s a fun tradition worth celebrating so don’t get too bogged down with all the details. When getting your home ready for your party guests, you’ll want to make a list and check it twice. For some inspiration, check out our party tips that will have your home feeling festive and your guests rocking around the Christmas tree.
Turn Your Home Into a Winter Garden
One of the easiest ways to take your home decor from monotonous to merry is to spread some flower arrangements throughout your home. Set up a display of red poinsettias in the foyer or living room. These red plants are arguably the most quintessential Christmas blooms you can get your hands on. If you plan on gathering your guests around a dinner table, you might want to get a festive Christmas centerpiece. Or perhaps you’d like to get a rustic Christmas wreath to hang on a wall or door. Whatever types of flowers or plants you decide on, the guests will adore the fragrant scents and cozy greenery.
Deck the Halls
Try to include some holiday flair in every room the guests may enter, from the foyer to the living room to the kitchen to the bathroom. You might incorporate some miniature Christmas trees and string lights around your home for a step into a winter wonderland. If you’d rather take an understated approach, take out some holiday-scented candles and fill some clear bowls and vases with baubles. Setting the scene is one of the most important aspects of planning a holiday party; the atmosphere you create can predetermine the whole night.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
You can’t have a Christmas party without a selection of holiday cookies! Whether you decide to decorate sugar cookies with red and green sprinkles or M&Ms, or you choose to make charming gingerbread men and women, make sure your dessert selection is festive and colorful. While a cake or Bûche de Noël are tasty and attractive, nothing beats easily accessible finger foods, especially if you are inviting a lot of guests.
Have some fun with the beverage options. For the kids, make sure you have some non-alcoholic punch, cider and eggnog. You might even have some fun creating a hot chocolate bar, equipped with whipped cream, colorful marshmallows and candy canes for dipping. For the adults, get creative with the cocktails. You can make any drink festive by adding a candy cane or coarse sugar rim to your favorite martini glasses. Experiment with red and green; you can use cranberry juice, grenadine, mint leaves, sour apple schnapps or crème de menthe to get the effect. For non-liquor drinkers, you might want to have some winter beers and bottles of red and white wine on hand.
Create a Christmas Playlist
Who doesn’t have Mariah’s Carey’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in their head at all times in the month of December? Set up a playlist ahead of time so you don’t have to fuss around with the music during the party. You have to include some classics along the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Make sure you add some upbeat, modern Christmas songs as well, by artists like Michael Bublé, Pentatonix, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Lady Gaga, to keep the atmosphere upbeat.
The Season for Giving
On their way out the door, give each of your guests a small token that can remind them of the fun night and of your friendship. Buy or make personalized Christmas ornaments or send them home with some goodies. They shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg; a small gesture is enough to show your guests that you care for them.