by TORI MORRISON

Guidelines for the Holidays

hometips02If you have been chosen to host this year’s Christmas dinner or New Year’s Eve cocktail party, you’ve been given one of the best gifts of the holiday season – the chance to share this special time of the year with your loved ones and transform it into an unforgettable occasion. In today’s fast-paced society, it can be difficult to sit down and start planning for the holidays, but it’s also a time to embrace that challenge and transform a holiday party into the holiday event of the year. Don’t fret, we are here to help you slip into those hostess with the mostess shoes with the ease and grace of a seasoned professional. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas that guarantee your guests will have a good time this holiday season.


Preparations

1. Fancy touches
• Crystal dishes make a great impression, even if they are filled with
appetizers you took straight out of the bag.
• Play with the center pieces. Accents, including wood, pine cones,
ornaments, and candles, offer much more than a traditional bouquet
of flowers.
2. Perfect that playlist
• It adds to the ambiance, contributes to conversation, and makes
everyone feel more comfortable.
3. Love those lists
• Keep a to-do list on hand or stick Post-it notes around the house to
remind you of tasks you need to complete before guests arrive.
4. Food selection
• Some of your friends will have special dietary needs, others are just
really picky. With food it’s best to stick with simple and delicious. It’s
also important to remember your vegan friends and ensure you have
fare they will enjoy too.
5. Don’t dirty the dishwasher
• Unload that helpful machine to prepare for the dirty dishes ahead.


Party Time

1. Choose the mood
• Always remember that the mood or vibe you give off are
what set the tone of the party.
2. Introduce other guests
• You’ve brought everyone you love to celebrate this special
occasion so make sure they get to know one another.
3. Embrace conversation
• Encourage others to embrace it too and make sure your
topics are inclusive.
4. Snap away
• Take photos of the event… heck, take a video! You can
use them to review what ended up being successful
and what could be improved upon. This will stop you
from repeating dishes and let you know which friends
get along well.
5. Be gracious
• Thank your guests for coming by handing out party favors.
Not only will this make them feel special, it’s also a great
way to end the evening on a positive note.