10 Tips for Holiday Hosting

1.)  Email or call guests with event reminders 24-48 hours before your event. The most interesting people have overflowing schedules and even the best intentions sometimes get trumped by the crisis of the moment.

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2.)  Have all food prepared ahead of time so you are free to greet guests at the door and mingle.

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3.)  Always have plenty of food in case something turns out badly. Don’t panic if something goes awry. If you can laugh, your guests will laugh as well.

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4.)  Create within yourself a festive mood that will be caught by your guests.

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5.)  Introduce guests to one another giving a choice morsel of common interest information as a conversation starter.

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6.)  Keep the food and refreshments flowing. If serving alcohol, be aware of consumption and serve food in a timely manner to keep guests from overindulging while waiting.

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7.)  Consider hiring a couple high school teens to circulate hors d’ouevres, serve dinner, and wash dishes. However, no bar tending duties please.

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8.)  Do not stay with one guest too long, mingle to make sure everyone is engaged. As a host, your job is to make sure everyone is enjoying the party.

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9.)  If children are coming, have kid friendly food and an activity planned.

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10.) At the end of the evening, make sure every guest arrives safely to their car.

 

 Happy Holiday Entertaining!  Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves. –Henri-Frederic Amiel

 

One Reply to “10 Tips for Holiday Hosting”

  1. Hey Holly,

    just blog trolling today, and I decided to see what you had on your site. Great tips on the party – I really like the idea of giving your guests something they have in common so they can ease into a conversation. I’m not planning any parties yet, but maybe with these tips, I just might do so.

    Jim

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