Hosting for the Holidays Like a Pro

November 09, 2018

Hosting for the Holidays Like a Pro

The holiday season is an exciting time of year, but hosting family and friends at your home for the holidays can get overwhelming if you don’t plan properly.  We’ve put together a helpful guide with tips for hosting for the holidays, so you can stress less and enjoy more.  With a little preparation, you will be ready to welcome your guests with open arms and celebrate the holidays like they were meant to be enjoyed!

Make a To-Do List and Schedule

Preparation is key when getting ready for hosting for the holidays.  Making a comprehensive list of everything needed to make your holiday event go smoothly is the best way to ensure you have everything covered.  This includes making a list of all your expected guests, seating and sleeping arrangements, dishes that you are making, gifts to be bought, etc.  A good rule of thumb is to always prepare for more than you anticipate so that you will have enough to go around for any unexpected visitors.

It’s also helpful to create a schedule of what needs to be done and when, so you aren’t left thawing a frozen turkey hours before your event.  For example, de-cluttering and decorating for the holidays can be done days or weeks in advance, while cleaning, food prepping, and cooking is better when left until closer to the event.

De-Cluttering High-Traffic Areas

Hosting for the holidays requires a lot of space for seating, storage and serving your guests.  De-cluttering high-traffic areas in your home such as the entryway, kitchen, and living room is necessary to create the extra space for your house full of guests.  Clear-out your entryway so that your guests can store their cold weather gear upon entering your home.  De-clutter your kitchen counters to create plenty of space for prepping and mingling in the kitchen.  You should also clear-out your refrigerator to easily store all your delicious left-overs.  It is also a good idea to child-proof your home if you have any guests with small children. 

Beverage and Food Station

Small touches such as creating a drink and snack station can really make your guests feel at home when hosting for the holidays.  Creating a fully-stocked self-service bar with plenty of alcohol mixers, garnishes and spirits is a great way to take some of the strain off the host and allows your guests to help themselves whenever they want a drink.  A coffee/tea station with mugs, assorted teas, and regular and decaf coffee is a great option to have ready for your guests as well.  It’s also a good idea to have a well-stocked snack and appetizer station so that your guests can help themselves while waiting for the main dinner.

Create an Information Station

Another great holiday hosting tip is to make a quick reference sheet for any essential household information such as Wi-Fi passwords, alarm codes, etc. for your guests that are staying for an extended period of time.  It seems like a small thing, but it can be the difference between you having to hunt for your Wi-Fi password every time one of your guests asks for it.

Cleaning and Preparing Guest Rooms

Hosting for the holidays means you will likely be welcoming family and friends that you haven’t seen in a while.  Thoroughly cleaning your house helps to make your home more inviting for the holidays.  If you have any guests staying overnight, make up their beds with a fresh set of sheets and set out towels, washcloths and toiletries. 

Set the Mood

Creating a festive atmosphere is key to making your holiday celebrations a memorable time for you and your guests.  Scented candles, diffusers and air fresheners in holiday-inspired aromas help to create a warm, welcoming environment perfect for holiday festivities.  Playing holiday music is another effortless way to create a festive holiday environment.  Music should be loud enough for your guests to hear, but not too loud that it is difficult to carry on a conversation. 

Group Activities

Another great tip for hosting the holidays like a pro is to plan an activity that all of your guests can participate in together.  This can be something such as decorating cookies together, wrapping gifts, watching a holiday movie, or playing a board game.  Involving everyone in an activity helps to create a sense of togetherness which is what the holidays are all about, after all.

Setting the Table

The dinner table is the main place where all your guests will gather to enjoy the meal you have worked so hard to create.  A holiday table setting helps to tie your whole event together and maximize the festive spirit during your meal.  Cloth napkins, place-mats, and coordinating dishes and plates add a refined touch to your holiday table setting.  A simple, but eye-catching centerpiece is a great focal point and provides the finishing touch to your holiday table setting.  

Holiday Decor

Last but not least, you will want to decorate your home for the holidays when you are hosting a lot of guests.  The most important places to decorate your home are the front entryway, living room and dining table.  Your entryway makes the first impression on guests entering your home, so decorating it with some holiday-inspired wall art is a great way to welcome your guests.  You and your guests will also be spending a lot of time in your living room; using wall accents and metal wall panel art to decorate for the holidays is a simple way to transform your home into a holiday wonderland—and it also looks amazing year-round!

For tips and inspiration for decorating for fall using our gorgeous metal wall art, check out our recent blog posts here:

Fall Decorating Tips and Decorating for Fall Using Metal Art.

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