Beautiful Readers, Hope you are well and happy!
We are now entering “Holiday Season”. Some of us may look at this and cheer, and others it may make nervous.
(Hand Built Table Made by My Husband and I)
Holidays bring everyone together, and that can bring some stress on whoever is chosen to be host.
Good news is I am here to help you Host! ( In this article at least)
This does not have to be a stressful time. On the contrary, it can be quite fun.
I love to have people over, it gives me a chance to be in charge of a wonderful night. The thought of decorating, and having people enjoy themselves actually excites me.
Here are some simple tips to make hosting easy:
Be Prepared: Make sure you have a count for every head that will be coming to the home. This way you can ensure enough plates, silverware, and food. We do not want anyone feeling left out.
Plan a meal everyone can enjoy: In the day and age of gluten free, diets, veganism, and health issues it is important to make sure the food you have on the table can suit all appetites. You do not have to do this all alone either, ask people to bring their favorite dish! Make sure the dishes are marked clear so no one eats something they are not supposed to.
Get Décor Tips: I feel like some people are born creative, and others struggle like me. Pinterest has the best pictures to give you tips on how to decorate. I love when I go to a get together and the place looks put together! Make sure you do not over do the décor though, that can take away from valuable food space.
Make People Feel Comfortable: No one likes walking into a place where they don’t feel welcome, I am a greet people at the door with a hug type of person. Also, I always will have some good tunes going to ensure no awkward silence when guest start arriving. A few candles lit will make the home smell amazing, because are there better candles aside from holiday candles?
Drinks: Make sure the is water set out where people do not have to ask for some. When people have a drink in their hands it relaxes them. Honestly, when you think about it what do you do with your hands when they are not occupied? Go to TJ Maxx and get one of those glass jugs with a pour spout for $20.00. throw some fresh fruit in, and let people enjoy.
Set a Timeline: Have a set time for appetizers, dinner, and desert. This will make the flow of the night go a lot smoother. The timing does not have to be exact, but it also lets people know when to be there so no one is walking in towards the end of dinner.
Most of all have fun! Spending time with loved ones is not something we get to enjoy everyday. Make the most of the night. Remember the laughs, the tears, and the happiness that fills your home because that is what matters the most in the long run. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season filled with love.