5 easy tips for holiday entertaining
(NC) With all the hustle and bustle of the festive season, it's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed at the idea of planning a party or family gathering. Hosts are always looking for easy entertaining ideas that will save time and make their guests merry. Here are five simple tips for easy party planning:
Assign tasks– Embrace pot-luck style and ask guests to bring a dish in lieu of a gift. Assign someone to make a holiday playlist or pick up extra ice. Most guests are happy to contribute and help make the party a success.
Decorate simply– Instead of investing in costly decorations, simply spruce up your space with scented candles, seasonal fresh flowers and vintage holiday ornaments. Place a few ornaments in a glass vase or atop a cake stand with greenery for a stunning centerpiece. Ensure lighting in the room is warm and subdued to make your guests feel at home.
Signature cocktail- Avoid being the bartender all night and create a fun, festive signature cocktail. Create an area where guests can serve themselves from a decorative punch bowl with holiday-themed glassware, allowing you to enjoy the party and mingle with your guests. Keep wine and beer on hand for easy self-serve refreshments.
DIY coffee bar– As the celebration winds down, it's time to bring out the coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen making multiple drinks, opt for a single-serve home brewer, says leading brand, Bosch. Their Tassimo T47 easily allows guests to brew their own customized hot beverages with the touch of a button. It makes the perfect cup of coffee, espresso, cappuccino or latte in under a minute with its patented barcode technology. For a festive touch, serve with candy cane pieces, chocolate shavings and cinnamon to garnish.
Relax and have fun- The most important tip for any good party host is to relax and enjoy themselves. Focus on what really matters – celebrating the spirit of the season and enjoying the company of friends and family.
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