Are you hosting or attending this holiday season?
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Anyone that knows me or has been to my home during the holiday seasons knows I absolutely LOVE to decorate my home! I have so many plastic bins in our storage room with lids barely fitting full of fall and Christmas decor. Each year I buy a couple new things to add to my ever growing collection. Justin knows to run when I get the bins out because that entire day the house will be in disarray while I find every piece it’s perfect spot. I had a little helper this year, which made it even more fun! Except saying “No, that is not something you can eat!” about 20 times, haha.
I love to entertain, but we don’t typically have the extended family over at our house for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s typically scheduled at the same places each year. This Christmas morning will be different though as it will be Harlie’s first, and I CAN NOT wait. I’m sure my parents will come over to see what “Santa” brought her, and then we will eventually make our way to the rest of the family for gift exchange. We do have my family (mom, dad, and brother) over for Thanksgiving lunch at our house, and my mom and I will split the cooking. It’s not a ton of pressure since its only 5 adults, and now Harlie. Since she’s been so independent lately, and refuses to let you feed her, she’ll be eating basically whatever we cook for all the adults.
So on to the actual “Entertaining/Hosting” part. What are the key elements in hosting the perfect holiday party or dinner? I’ve got 5 tips to help:
1. Make a list. Decide what the menu will be, who will be responsible for which, and which ingredients you need to grocery shop for. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, other women (especially moms) know how hard it is to host anything with work, life events, and children trying to get in the way or needing attention. Check out this Holiday planning kit!
2. Cook ahead. The best thing you can do for yourself is to cook as much as you can a day or two ahead of time. Soups, stews, and desserts are just as good heated up or served chilled as they are if made on the day of serving. Try this Chicken Noodle Soup, which would be a perfect appetizer at your holiday party. This gold rim serving bowl is so cute, and these wine glasses will give your guests something to laugh about!
3. Deck the Halls. Everyone enjoys eating or attending a party that’s decorated for the holidays. It makes them feel more at home, and willing to stay a little longer. My favorite places to shop for holiday decor are HomeGoods, Target, Hobby Lobby, Etsy, and Amazon. You’d be surprised what deals you can get for seasonal home decor online at places like Etsy & Amazon! Another way to make your home seem extra cozy is by lighting some seasonal candles like these.
4. Be ready for unexpected gifts. There’s always going to be that one friend or family member that brings a gift over without you knowing they bought you something. Be prepared to give one back by keeping a small stock of gifts for anyone. For the coffee lover – gift this. For the travel lovers, this is too cute! For any lady who loves baths, a bath bomb like this one is a perfect same gift or stocking stuffer. For the crafty or DIY-er, this is a cool at home kit! On top of having a “Oh, I got you something too!” gift, I am a sucker for funny and unique wrapping paper. I think it makes the unwrapping part even more fun. Try one of these options: #ONE & #TWO.
5. Enjoy. Just like a wedding, there will always be at least one thing go wrong, or some food will get overcooked or something. In most cases, you (the host) will be the only one to know or notice. The holidays should be a time to enjoy fellowship with your friends and family. Your guests will remember their time and conversations over what side item or centerpiece you had. Try to prepare as much as you can days to weeks ahead so that the day before and of you can pour yourself a glass or wine, turn on your favorite playlist, and slowly get your party/dinner ready. Start a new tradition, or carry on old ones you’ll remember forever. I’m trying to make a bucket list of things I want us to do as a family this holiday season or traditions I think would be fun to start with Harlie. I’m totally going to be one of those dorky mom’s who buys the family members a matching Christmas PJ set this year and see if I can get that tradition started so all our “Santa” pictures will have us matching lol! I think something like this is an option.
I’ll be doing a “Christmas Bucket List/Traditions” blog post within the next couple of weeks. If there’s something you’d like to make sure I get in a post before Christmas whether it be a type of gift guide, or budget friendly gift options, leave a comment below and I’ll try to get that in for you!