The holiday season is here. Along with all the festive fun of cookie making, snowman building and house decorating comes the stress of family get-togethers, holiday parties and seasonal events. Here are some tips that will make your holiday event memorable and your hosting duties a little bit easier:
Let There Be (Amber) Light – For a light that’s flattering to all your guests change out your regular bulbs for ones with an amber tint. Everyone looks best in the softer glow of amber lighting. When using candles, stick with votives that last longer than tea lights.
Rent A Coat Rack – Rather than having your guests throw their coats on the bed or shove them in an already overstuffed closet, rent a coat rack and set it up near the front door. It will add a touch of organization and professionalism to your event that your guests will really appreciate.
Have A House Cocktail – Choosing a house drink that can be pre-mixed and ready to serve is a great way to keep your costs in check. Serve alongside beer and wine and there’s no need to have a full bar. You’ll save by only needing to purchase certain ingredients and, if you hire a bar or wait staff, you’ll save on labor (no need for more than one bartender or server when guests can help themselves to a pre-made, pre-poured signature drink.)
Just Say No…To Classic Color Combos – Rather than going with the traditional red and green (Christmas) or blue and silver (Hanukkah) décor, opt for a more neutral palette. Shades of white and cream or grey and mixed metallics are still festive but are a nice departure from the classic color combinations your guests will see at every other holiday event. Still want a pop of color? Go for emerald green, Pantone’s 2013 color of the year. Mix it with subtler hues for a fun, fresh color scheme.
Start To Finish – To set a festive mood from the get go, make sure that guests are greeted with a welcome cocktail or glass of champagne as they arrive. At the end of the evening send guests home with a little treat such as hot chocolate or a mini dessert to go.