I love parties!
Having entertained at, attended as a guest AND hosted them, I’ve seen many and learned much and will occasionally be sharing ideas as I come across them.
Recently I came across an article on the Real Simple magazine’s site that is brief and helpful. Really.
The Stress Free Holiday Party Plan has six steps for hosting a holiday event at home.
Step 1. Make Only Easy, Impressive Food
A few savories and a sweet, with some extra store-bought goodies are suggested. Read more for recipes and menu ideas.
Step 2. Step Away from the Cocktail Shaker
Offer guests a serve-yourself punch. Read more for festive punch recipes
Step 3. Manage the Mood
Lighting and music are top priority for a creating a festive mood. Read more for tips and playlists.
Step 4. Work Behind the Scenes Magic
Suggestions include everything from renting a coatrack (I sooo wish I’d done that!) to getting a big hot sudsy bin ready for soaking those dirties.
Step 5. Fun-Shui Your Space
Effective furniture placement can make or break the fun. Read more for a sample furniture plan.
Step 6.Wind it Down
Unless it’s a sleepover, read article for tips to effectively and subtly let the guests know it’s time to go. Ideas like lighting change and doling out leftovers can start hinting quite nicely.