Today is Halloween which means the rest of the holidays are right around the corner. Most stores will start promoting Christmas tomorrow, if they haven’t already!
Whether you’re settling into your new home and planning to have your inaugural holiday dinner–or planning to celebrate the holidays in your current home; there’s a lot you can do to make entertaining stress free this holiday season.
- Plan ahead! Quite simply, plan out everything you can in advance. The longer you have to think about it, the less likely you’ll be to forget something the day of.
- Get Inspired! Sites like Pinterest and Etsy are packed with ideas and inspiration for just about anything you can imagine. They can sometimes be overwhelming, but if you look far enough in advance, you’ll have time to weed through the ideas and save your favorites.
- Decide what to eat. Start by planning out the menu and determine what you can make ahead of time.
- Invest in cookware. It may be in your best interest to buy some versatile cookware if you don’t already own some. Buying beautiful cookware that can double as serving dishes will be sure to make cooking, serving and cleanup a breeze.
- Ask for help! Think about what you can (and want to) delegate. Most friends and family members will be happy to oblige, especially if they don’t’ have to help clean up!
- Got kids? Think about how and where you will create a kid-friendly zone. If you decide to have a kid table, be sure you plan for kid friendly wares (plastic plates and paper napkins). Also, if you want to move the table near the grown-up table in your formal dining room, you can use a festive sheet under the table to protect your carpet or floor. Also, it’s a great idea to have some toys, games and DVDs on hand to keep them busy before and after dinner.
- Keep the décor simple. Yes, it’s fun to decorate for the holidays, but don’t feel obligated to pull out your entire 590 piece snowman collection. It’s best to come up with a theme and stick to it. Choose that one special item for your inspiration and main focal point, then choose coordinating elements to complement it.
- Make your guests feel special. Placing a candle, hand lotion or mints in the bathroom will make them feel right at home and using place cards at the table will show your guests that they were thought of well before-hand. You can make your own. Here are some examples:
- Candy Canes – tie a simple tag with their name using coordinating colored ribbon.
- Cookies – Use festive cookies. Write their names in icing on a cookie. Best part, they can eat them when dinner is over!
- Wine Corks – Cut a slit ½ way into the cork and slide a name tag in it.
- Picture Frames – When you’re at a loss for words – use pictures. Put a picture of each guest at their assigned place.
- Buy them! Not feeling Crafty, you can buy place-cards. Beau-Coup has a wide selection.
9. Think about clean up. Make cleaning up a breeze by making sure you have enough storage containers, Ziplocks and garbage bags on hand.
10. Remember the real reason for the season. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you forget the bigger picture. Remember what the holiday is really all about. Spending time with loved ones is what matters the most.
All my best,
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