Make this season's party planning less stressful and costly with these simple tips:
Decorate in a snap:
Fill decorative clear glass jars with seasonal hard candies and treats such as candy canes, Christmas tree-shaped gum drops and red and white peppermints. Place jars either in a group or individually on an entryway table or end table for quick and tasty holiday decor.
You can also use taller glass jars and fill them with decorative pine cones, ornaments, fresh cranberries or evergreen branches for a more natural holiday look. Either way, these easy, inexpensive decorating tricks will create a festive ambiance in your home.
Keep it simple:
Why not host a wine and cheese party instead of a sit-down meal? This type of party allows guests to mix and mingle freely, is budget (and waistline) friendly and requires little prep time so the host can enjoy the party and visit with guests. Set out a few wine, cheese and fruit pairings for guests to sample. Place cards identifying the combinations make good conversation starters too.
Evaluate your space:
Providing enough space for you and your guests to move around will contribute to the success of the party. No one likes to fight their way across the room to greet a friend or when they accidentally knock over a wine glass with the slightest movement. Rearrange or remove furniture to provide a better flow throughout the space during the party, while still considering seating, serving and clean-up areas.
Pay attention to details:
Make sure your home is welcoming when family and friends arrive. Keep the entrance clean, arrange flowers and ornaments in a flower pot with a landscape light or two and place it at the doorway. Simple steps like these will make sharing your home more enjoyable and your guests feel welcome.