The holiday season is a special time of year filled with celebrations and reflections. Holiday gatherings abound and provide wonderful opportunities to connect with dear friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones. Regardless of where you are, spending time with those you care about matters.
Despite all the festivities, planning a holiday event can be a time consuming and daunting task. Don’t let it get you down, though. We’ve got holiday party tips and tricks to help you throw a fabulous holiday event and have fun at the same time!
Don’t Forget the Invites
One way you can make your holiday party feel special is by sending invitations, whether in the mail or via email. Punchbowl has some great ideas for beautiful online invites that will make your party stand out.
Preparing all the food for any type of holiday party can be daunting. Add to that the need to have everything ready by a certain time and it can seem overwhelming. That’s why we love this tip from HGTV to cook ahead of time. Cook as much as you can in advance to make last-minute party prep less stressful. Food that is easy to prepare early and reheat, like soups and stews, also makes great meal options for a holiday gathering.
Manage the Music
Any great gathering needs music to help set the mood. Don’t be afraid to mix classic holiday songs with newer tunes, according to Real Simple. Have fun with the music and let it help set the holiday atmosphere.
Décor doesn’t have to dominate at your holiday party. Martha Stewart recommends going small with decorations to let the food and festive atmosphere take the limelight. We love the idea of simple flowers and small accents instead of large centerpieces on a table.
Think Hot Cocoa Bar
Nothing is quite as festive, easy, and inexpensive as a hot cocoa bar. If you’re trying to save some money but still want to host a holiday gathering, consider a hot cocoa bar in lieu of an open bar. Dave Ramsey offers some great tips for how to make a hot cocoa fun and festive. You don’t have to be a Scrooge to save a little money around the holidays. A hot cocoa bar also is perfect for guests of all ages.
At Hethwood, we believe it’s how you live that matters. That’s why we like to share tips and ideas to help you make the most of the holiday season. Happy Holidays!