What perfect timing to share some of Tobi’s Holiday Entertaining tips with you….she included 25 in her presentation but I thought I’d give you my top 5 takeaways. Whether you’ll be hosting a holiday gathering or preparing for a Christmas party, hopefully a few of these tips and ideas will help you create an event to remember.
1. Impressive First Impressions: Put some thought and creativity into your invitation….it sets the tone for your party. Your front door and entry way are also very important in setting the mood for your gathering….make a great first impression with the invitations, your front door and the entry way upon arrival. Make guests feel welcome and get them excited from the moment they arrive!
2. Decorating Don’ts: Don’t un-decorate your home to decorate for a party. Use holiday and party decorations to enhance your homes décor. If you have to pack away your accessories to decorate, you’re less likely to want to decorate for a party (it’s twice the work). Don’t use strong scented candles around the food table…let the aromas of your dinner and baked goods be the hit of the party. Use unscented candles around food for ambiance.
3. Decorating Do’s: Fresh flowers and greenery are a must and give the WOW factor to a party. Tuck real greenery into your faux wreaths garlands for an easy compromise to all real.
4. Secrets to Serving: Place food and bars around your home to keep everyone circulating and not cramped in one location. Creating a seasonal signature cocktail is a festive way to serve drinks without the cost of an open bar. Don’t be a stressed out slave to the Kitchen and hire a professional caterer and wait staff if you can swing it.
Candy Cane Martini
1½ ounces vanilla vodka
½ ounce peppermint schnapps
1 ounce club soda
crushed candy canes for garnish
5. Envious Embellishments: Embellish napkins by gluing on ribbon or grosgrain. Get creative with place cards…use Christmas ornaments or wrap small gifts and have them double as place cards. Dress up your store bought napkin rings with greenery, ribbon or twine.
Hope you and your family have a Happy Holiday Season! If you need some help planning and implementing your next Holiday party, I’d be happy to help create a fabulous experience for your guests and family. Give me a call at (678) 316-0113 or email me here email@example.com I’d love to hear from you.