Guys! Can you believe it’s already the end of November and almost 2019? Where has the time gone!? I love everything about the holiday season from snow to cozy fires and hot chocolate, to holiday parties and mulled wine and my absolute favorite part – spending lots of time with friends and loved ones. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends but it can also be really stressful, especially if you’re the one hosting. After hosting my fair share of parties, I’ve come up with some hosting tips to make your life easier and the day stress free!
Start Early: Do all the grocery shopping at least 2-3 days in advance so you have plenty of time to prep the food. I also like to clean the house + set the tables the day before so I can focus on food + cocktail prep the day of the event. Don’t save anything until the last minute because there will always be things that come up that you won’t be expecting.
Setting the mood: Light candles to set the mood and create a cozy environment. Candles are like magic, they make everything look prettier. Light candles all over the house, and don’t forget to add lots to candle sticks and votives on the dinner tables.
Add flowers: Flowers are a must. No matter the season, using flowers to decorate for a party is an inexpensive way to decorate but also a great way to make your house feel homey and inviting. Buy bundles of flowers for a few dollars, split them up into small vases and put them in the kitchen, on the coffee table, by the bathroom sink, and anywhere else you can think of.
Make it Personal: I absolutely loved the customized wine + wine labels (below) created by Personal Wine. They added such a unique feel to the event. These are perfect for any occasion such as weddings + parties + anniversaries + birthdays + holidays. Create a customized label yourself or choose from the dozens already created for you on their site. Your guests are sure to be impressed. If you want to add that “wow” factor to your party, add some personalized place cards too. People always go crazy for place cards. 😉
Rent your tables + chairs and glasses + serveware: I like everything to match and like most people, don’t have enough of any one chair or plates + glasses for a big party. So why not rent? The best part – they deliver, set the tables up for your party and pick it all up when you’re done. Bonus, you don’t have to wash anything, just rinse and place back into bins provided by them. So easy! I had the best experience with Grand Event Rentals and if you live in the Seattle area, I would highly recommend them for any party!
Have appetizers (and cocktails) available before dinner: My go to appetizer is a cheese-board. No cooking required and it takes very little time to put together. Now, add a “self-serve” bar to that cheese board and that’s a recipe for a great party.
Kids table: Set up a separate kids table with disposable everything! This makes for easy clean up. And don’t forget to add a few activities. I found the color in tablecloth (Linked Here) at Target and a few activity sets at Hobby Lobby for around $3.99 + 50% off to help entertain the kids (for a while anyway) so the adults could have adult conversations.
Relax: Have everything party-ready at least 30 minutes before your guests arrive to take a minute to yourself. Put on your favorite red lipstick, kick up your feet and have a drink.
Tables + Chairs provided by: Grand Event Rentals
Linens + Glasses + Serveware provided by: Grand Event Rentals
Wine provided by: Personal Wine
Calligraphy: Robinson Paperie
Garland: Wandering Blooms
Thank you Grand Party Rentals + Personal Wine for sponsoring this post, all opinions are of course my own.
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