Hosting a beautiful, fun gathering during the holidays doesn’t have to take a ton of time or money. Here are some secrets to hosting a stress-free, memorable holiday party.
Get Your Shopping Done Early
Waiting to do decor or grocery shopping until a few days before your gathering — or worse, the day before the party — is a recipe for stress. Buying your ingredients and decorations early can help you save money and time.
Prepare Food in Advance
Do as much baking and cooking before your party as possible so you’ll have more energy and time for your guests. Refrigerate chopped vegetables, freeze your pie crusts, assemble appetizers, and mix casseroles well before your guests arrive instead of doing everything at the last minute.
Go With a Buffet
Serving a buffet-style meal will allow your guests to mix and mingle the entire party, enjoy the food at their own pace, and will take stress off of you and them. Buffet dinners also create a more casual, friendly atmosphere.
Have a Drink Table
Instead of attempting to personally serve drinks to all of your guests, let them help themselves by setting up a table complete with bottles of liquor, chilled wine, and drink recipe cards. Don’t forget to include napkins, soft drinks, mixers, water, and a healthy non-alcoholic option such as lemonade, fruit water, or fruit juice.
Go Easy on the Decorations
Decorations such as small vases of flowers, pretty candles, and ornaments placed in bowls are inexpensive, welcoming, and stylish. You’ll save time and have less on your to-do list if you keep your party decor simple instead of aiming for extravagance.
Create a Warm and Inviting Home With Engineered Air
Keeping your home comfortable and free of excess dust and humidity will put your guests into the party spirit and create a healthy environment. Engineered Air offers services that will get your HVAC systems and indoor air quality in optimal shape. Contact Engineered Air to get your home ready for your next holiday gathering.