Tips for Holiday Entertaining
When it comes to holiday entertaining, hosting a houseful of people can be a daunting task. Follow our entertaining tips to keep your party full of fa-la-la-la-la and stress-free.
It sounds obvious, but planning ahead will make the day of your event so much easier. Plan your menu, shop in advance, and cook as much as you can the day before. If you’re having a sit down meal, set your table in advance. The day of your party will be far more enjoyable if you’re sipping a cocktail and talking with your guests instead of running around the kitchen at the last minute.
Curate a Festive Playlist
No party is complete without the right music to set the mood. Instead of setting iTunes to shuffle, plan out music that will match your mood. Dinner crowd? Think along the lines of holiday classics, like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole. Know you’ll be dancing into the night? Look towards more upbeat favorites like Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You. Don’t fancy yourself a music connoisseur? Try holiday playlists already preset by Pandora or Spotify.
Have Food and Drink to Spare
There is nothing worse than running dry at a party, especially as the night kicks up, so when it comes to entertaining, its always better to overbuy. Keep in mind the size of your crowd, and remember that a few extra bottles of wine won’t go bad if you don’t use them.
Keep Your Menu Simple
In addition to planning ahead, keeping your menu simple will make the day of your event even more seamless. For a cocktail party, try to keep in mind items that require little cook time or assembly—think cheese and charcuterie and simple dip recipes. If you’re serving a full dinner, try to keep things limited to one main portion—ideally a protein like beef or chicken—and no more than two or three sides. Remember to keep your audience in mind, and serve crowd-pleasing sides like potatoes, and roast vegetables. And, when it comes to dessert, there’s nothing wrong with store-bought, premade cookie dough thrown into the oven at the last minute (Bonus: your house will smell amazing!)
Rearrange Your Furniture to Optimize Space
Specifically, if you’re living in a tight apartment, or a house with chopped up rooms, its important to make your space work for the event at hand. Keep seating open and side tables available for setting down drinks. Have an empty windowsill? Throw a few pillows in the sill to gain additional seating. Keep in mind how the room will feel when its full of people, and remove or relocate any furniture that might cause an obstacle for dancing or moving from room to room.
Our annual holiday party is coming up THIS THURSDAY in City View’s Lounge and Park View One’s Lobby. We’ll be playing music, having snacks and drinks, and activities for all residents and their guests. Make sure you stop by! It’s not too late to RSVP too – if you’d like to come, send email@example.com.
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