Holiday Hostess : A Quick Guide for the First-time Hostess
The holidays are fast approaching and for some that might be hosting for the first time, with that comes an impending sense of doom. Hooooow long do you cook a turkey for? Which forks go where? Can you still read Grandma's handwriting on that family recipe? If you're hosting for family and friends this holiday season we have a few tips to help you wow the crowd.
1. BEAUTIFY YOUR SPACE - Clean up! Clean up! Everybody. Everywhere. Don't underestimate the power of de-cluttering your space. This is why closets exist ;-) Simplify your space and give your guests the ability to breathe deep. Hide the excess newspapers/magazines. Replace chachkies with fresh flowers. Bury the boxes that you've piled up since the big move (of 2008). A beautiful space gives your guests a mental break from whatever craziness they might have encountered that day... like holiday traffic or braving the shopping mall.
2. LIGHT A CANDLE - Make your space smell delightful. Maybe that's a happy side effect of sweating away over a hot stove all day or perhaps you just invest in a yummy candle. You can find a few of our favorites here, here, here or here.
3. KEEP IT SIMPLE SWEETHEART - It can be tempting to plan a menu to rival any Martha Stewart soiree but simplicity might be your best friend. Of course you can brave a more complicated dish or two but there are lot of crowd pleasers that are more straightforward. Don't bite off more than you can chew (pun TOTALLY intended) and don't forget to time out your cooking so that everything makes it to the table at once.
4. TUNES - Set the mood with some festive music. Spotify has some great playlists. Our favorites always include Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and songs about reindeer.
5. TAKE A MINUTE - Setting aside a few moments for yourself before your guests arrive will give you the time to reset and be ready to truly host your guests. Whether it is taking a quick power nap or two minutes to re-apply your lipstick and take a deep breath, don't underestimate the importance of those moments. Your guests are there to see YOU!
Most of all, don't forget to ENJOY! Life happens while we're busy planning for other things. Don't miss the moments in the midst of the craziness. Take the time to make memories!
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