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Helpful Hints Planning Your Holiday Party

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Everyone loves entertaining and spending Holiday’s with family and friends.  Here are a few tips to make planning your next holiday party seamless!

  1. Invite guests in advance. The Christmas engagement calendar fills up fast and you want to get your dinner party on the roster. Host a Christmas dinner party for your office department. For a dinner party that is purely personal, invite friends and their dates or spouses.
  2. Plan the menu. If you’re inviting colleagues or friends that you usually don’t host, make sure to ask if anyone has any special dietary concerns. There could be vegetarians in the group but we are more concerned with food allergies or other health conditions. Plan the food courses accordingly so no one feels left out.
  3. If everyone hasn’t responded a week out from the Christmas dinner party, contact them with a quick message just in case they forgot. For sit down formal dinners having an accurate head count is necessary to be sure there is enough seating for everyone. Also, make sure you are preparing enough food. As a standard rule of thumb, calculate at least two pounds of food per person attending the dinner party.
  4. Budget and preferences permitting decide on cooking or catering. Cooking can be an all day affair and no one wants to left out during their own dinner party because of the work in the kitchen. The host or hostess wants to mingle with the rest of the guests, enjoy their time. If you decide to cook, keep the menu simple and opt for a buffet presentation instead of table service, allowing guests to “help” you this way.
  5. With your menu in mind pull out from the cabinets the serving platters you will need and make sure they’re clean and in good shape. A good idea is to use sticky notes to mark what food will go in each dish.
  6. Set up the table and decorate a day in advance. This will give you time to purchase whatever is missing to make your table and rooms look beautiful. I love to include flowers and lit candles on every room. Leave glasses until the last minute so they don’t gather lint and dust particles overnight. After setting the table, check around to make sure everything is clean especially in the areas where guests will be mingling.
  7. To make your life simpler and make your guests comfortable, prepare a table with beautiful glassware, napkins and the drinks you’ll be serving. Serve your guests’ first glass to welcome them and let them know they can help themselves at any time.
  8. Make sure you check your powder room and include a small candle or flower arrangement in there. I also like to place a small basket with items guest may need from personal care to over-the-counter pain relievers.
  9. Get yourself ready a good hour before your guests are set to arrive, last thing you want after so much preparation is to look stressed out when welcoming your friends and colleagues in.
  10. Have fun, make pictures, and enjoy the evening!

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