Tips on hosting a holiday soiree
(NC) With the holidays around the corner, entertaining season is in full swing with soirees to host, roast dinners to serve and plenty of get-togethers that scale from small and casual to large and formal. Here are some simple tips to make all your celebrations easy entertaining:
Set the Date – Choose one date that accommodates your schedule and stick with it! From 5 guests to 50, there will always be a scheduling conflict for someone, so don't let that complicate your party. There are plenty of other holiday parties, send them a holiday card and let them know you'll see them soon.
Set the Menu – Whether it's a few canapés and a signature cocktail or a seven course meal with wine pairings, plan out the meal everyone well in advance of the big date. This will help accomodate all dietary concerns such as allergies and intolerances of your guests, and helps build out your grocery list.
Set the Music - THe best way to spend more time refreshing drinks and socializing with your guests rather than worrying about the playlist is satellite radio. SiriusXM offers over 120 channels of commercial-free music to keep your firneds on the dance floor all night. You can even change the station from your phone. When the clock strikes ten turn on the Top 40 to keep the energy up!
Set the Theme – Don't limit you creativity! Themed parties make lasting impressions – maybe it's the Hollywood Party with the award-winning cocktail or the Beach Party in December with the homemade sand that your guests will speak about for months to come. From home décor, fashion accents to themed charade topics and board games – stir up some fun and set the mood with a theme that's eclectic or traditional.
Set the Conversation – Not everyone's a social butterfly, so enlist your chatty party guests or use conversation cards to get others mingling. Another bonus tip is to put out less seating – people are more likely to chat while standing than sitting down. .
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