Holiday parties are one of the merriest parts of the season. Maybe you’re hesitant about hosting one because you’re unsure if you can pull it off. Don’t worry, you can! And you can actually enjoy yourself. From setup to cleanup, we have tips to help you throw a stress-free bash with these holiday party ideas. See our step-by-step guide to hosting a sophisticated yet deceptively simple celebration.
DECK THE HALLS
Set up decorations well before the party. The most important tip to make your party stress free is doing as much as possible before the day of the event. Have your ornaments and holiday home decor in place. For outside, an elegant wreath on the door is elegant and makes guests feel welcome.
SHINE LIKE A STAR
Again, do what you can beforehand (like a blowout or manicure). Have your outfit picked out and hanging up so that you’re all set. A comfortable outfit will help keep you at ease. Enhance your hostess look with festive touches of lace or velvet, or find something in our women’s holiday dresses.
Get guests in the holiday spirit as soon as they enter the door. Candles are the easiest way to create a special party atmosphere. Choose one of the Nest Holiday Candles or something with seasonal notes of gingerbread, fireside, mint, or sage. Make sure to have your holiday music playing in the background.
It’s easy to go overboard on food, so streamline the menu. Stick to a couple of homemade appetizers. Flatbread squares and meat skewers are crowd favorites and don’t require a lot of time or money. For dessert, no oven time required. Purchase a batch of pastries from the bakery. It will save you the work, and dessert will still seem special.
Don’t get stuck playing bartender all night. Have bottles of champagne out or prepare one special holiday cocktail, like a Pomegranate Moscow Mule. Have glass pitchers of water handy or bins of chilled sparkling water so guests can easily refresh their beverages.
MIX, MINGLE & JINGLE
Don’t forget to have fun at your own party! Make sure to catch up with old friends and do your best to get to everyone. A relaxed hostess will make guests feel relaxed as well.
Think ahead for cleanup. Make it clear to guests where the trash and recyclable areas are, and take out batches throughout the night. Keep the party corralled in main areas so there aren’t messes all over the house. If it’s in your budget, rent cutlery and linens. Have the kitchen and dishwasher clean and cleared before your party so you don’t have a mountain of work to do afterward.
HEADING TOWARD A SILENT NIGHT
When it’s time to wind things down, start turning the music down and the lights up. Take food platters to the kitchen and have to-go containers ready. Give out the leftovers or extra pastries to guests.
Don’t worry about trying to throw the “perfect” party. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and create special memories for your guests. To add more festive touches to your party, check out all things holiday here.