December is packed with reasons to celebrate all the way to New Year’s Eve, but holiday entertaining can be an overwhelming process. You’ve sent out invitations and received replies, but now you have to actually throw your party—which means it’s time to turn your plans into actions. Whether you are hosting a festive holiday feast or a tacky sweater party, we have a few tips for how to keep your holiday entertaining stress-free.
Just because you bought that centerpiece for Christmas doesn’t mean that you can’t use it for other parties too! Changing out colored candles and adding new ribbons can take tablescapes from Christmas to New Years. They’re also a great way to add seasonal flair to your existing décor. Not only will these small additions save you money, they also save you the time you would have spent changing out decorations.
Tip #2: Waste Not, Want Not
Many tree decorations can transform into table decorations without much effort. The metallic orbs you have hanging on your tree would look great hanging from your ceiling or tucked into a centerpiece. And those gift tags and wrapping paper you have left over? Consider using the wrapping paper as a fun, disposable table runner and you can turn the gift tags into place cards.
Tip #3: The Dinner is in the Details
For sit-down dinners, a decorative charger can take your everyday dinnerware from flat to fabulous. Hosts and hostesses who choose to have buffet-style eating, or casual passed snacks, can add festive flair with beverage dispensers and punch bowls. Self-serve punches and drinks instantly look elegant with the addition of fruit slices. Add frozen fruit to punch bowls or dispensers for a tasty, colorful way to keep your drinks cool.
Tip #4: Work with What You Have
Shades of gold and platinum might not work for your casual tacky sweater party, and you might think twice about hosting a New Year’s Eve party in bright shades of red and green. But that doesn’t mean that your holiday entertaining has to look the same all month long, or that you have to completely redecorate your home for every party. Swapping out one or two colors can make a big difference. Consider pairing one primary color with one metallic color—like red and gold, or green and silver. These combinations will help your home look sophisticated for any affair.
Holiday entertaining can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. The most important part is that you don’t let stress ruin your holidays. Take time to enjoy the results of your hard—or not-so-hard—work and remember that your guests will have more fun if you’re able to enjoy the night with them. Happy entertaining, everybody!
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