After buying your first home, it is the perfect time to host your inaugural holiday dinner. But don’t worry, it can be far more fun than it is overwhelming. The trick is to find your style and go with it, and some planning ahead doesn’t hurt either. Here are some steps to guide you through holiday hosting success.
Start with a list.
Create multiple lists. One for your guest list, a shopping and food list, and one for decorations and non-edible staples. And start early! If you have a large family, use an online invitation service like www.evites.com to manage invitations, RSVPs, and any updates you need to send during the planning phase. You’ll get notifications when guests commit to attend, and you’ll thank yourself once it’s time to hit the grocery store.
Pick your style.
Are you feeling a formal dinner, a buffet, or simply paper plates to ease the cleanup? Knowing what kind of feel you want with your meal will help decide your menu. If you’re loving the idea of self-serve, these buffet warmers are an absolute must (and they’ll be extra useful during The Superbowl and future parties).
Unless you really dream of running back and forth to the kitchen to refill drinks, consider setting up a chic self-serve bar area. Trust us, guests will actually appreciate getting their own drinks instead of gathering the confidence to ask for a refill. Check out some DIY bar pointers here.
They don’t need to be time consuming to set the mood. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time cooking. But a few well-placed decorations will add a touch of magic to your holiday dinner. Consider something like this: festive colors, cloth napkins, and finally a really great use for cranberries that isn’t sauce. Placecards are the simplest way to add a whole lot of class to any dinner (with minimal effort).
Finally, don’t forget to enjoy. Every detail that you’re sweating will probably go unnoticed by guests who are having a great time. Enjoy your meal, enjoy your guests, and relish in the holiday cheer in your home. Eat, drink, and be merry!