I’m probably the farthest thing from an expert hostess there is. You can usually find me scrambling to pull everything together about five minutes before the first guest arrives. That being said, I have learned a few things about hosting since becoming a homeowner and hosting numerous bridal showers, baby showers and holiday parties during the past few years. We were even ready nearly thirty minutes before party time when we hosted a Christmas brunch this past weekend - that is a huge feat for us, haha. I’ve compiled a short list of my essentials for hosting during the holiday season below…
Holiday Hosting Essentials
No party is complete without a few key beverages. Aperol spritzes, champagne punch and red wine are ideal choices in my book. We got this new latte and cappuccino maker to meet everyone’s caffeinated needs.
Is there such a thing as too many candles? I think not. I light a few nightly, so I definitely step it up when it comes time to host. I like to light a few scented ones in the kitchen and living areas, taper candles on the dining room table and one in the bathroom. They not only make things smell lovely, but also create an undeniable warmth and ambiance in your space.
I like fresh greenery all year round, but especially during the holidays. In addition to our Christmas tree, I like to use garlands on the mantle and dining table and wreaths in windows and hanging from mirrors.
I think it’s important to make your space feel personal and inviting to guests. I dried oranges for the first time this year and added them to our dining table arrangement and mantle. Our (two) Christmas trees are adorned with personal ornaments and we inherited all of our Christmas decorations from family. Our house may not look like a magazine, but it definitely represents our family and I couldn’t be happier about that.
HELP FROM FRIENDS
My most important word of advice is to take up your friends’ offers to help! We tend to host potluck style parties with our group of friends and it takes a huge load off of our backs. I also love the sense of togetherness it creates - everyone contributes to making the party great, regardless of if they’re hosting or not.
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