The holiday season is officially here which means it’s time to bring on all the holiday parties, entertaining, and get-togethers with friends, family and co-workers. Entertaining can feel overwhelming when you have to get all of the things ready for your guests and this time of year gets really busy, really quick. We’re here to help make your life just a little simpler with these shortcuts to entertaining.
Keep Your Decor Minimal
No need to go overboard with your holiday decorations. A little bit of winter greens, twinkle lighting and candles goes a long way! Switch out a few everyday pillows for some added holiday coziness, and light a candle to bring the vibe together.
Spend Time Cleaning Everything
You want your home to shine throughout the season, especially on those special evenings when you’ll host those closest to you. Keep it manageable by starting with bathrooms, your kitchen, and the areas guests will gather most. If you’re running low on time just skip rooms nobody will see and close the doors to the spaces you don’t want guests popping in to.
Make Your Setup Easy
Keep your set up quick. We like to use flooring paper, because we always seem to have that on hand, but butcher paper works amazing too. Lay the paper across your dining table, and cut or tear so a little extra hangs over each of the table’s ends. Then, take a permanent marker (to prevent smearing) and draw circles for wine placement, and label your wine bar area. We simply take a glass and trace it on paper for a perfect circle, but have fun with it! Layer in your glassware and wine opener and your bar is good to go.
After your bar is set, you’ll want to create separate areas for food. I chose meats, cheese and extras! Pretty much the basic essentials for any successful gathering. Then, simply add everything directly onto the table!
Keep The Menu Simple
Keeping your holiday entertaining menu simple eliminates all kinds of stress and lessens the amount of time you need to spend in the kitchen. The best way to make yourself look like a seasoned entertainer is easy: Charcuterie. We love a simple wine, meat and cheese party! Homes.com even has a wine and cheese pairing feature in their Summer Entertaining guide. To make life even easier, ask guests to bring a wine and cheese with them to the party, and as the host provide the meat and extras. It turns out to be a win for everyone knowing there will be something they like there!
Quick Clean Up
By keeping all of your set up to just be on one table, you’ve created a ridiculously easy take down process! Simply pull the glassware, plates, knives and bowls from the table, roll up the paper, and be sure to recycle! There you have it, an awesome party with simple clean up.
Holiday Entertaining with Homes.com
Want more tips on how to throw the perfect holiday celebration? Whether it’s with friends or family, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish with Homes.com’s Holiday Entertaining Guide: The Simply Smarter Way