Holiday Party Hosting Tips

‘Tis the season! With the holidays right around the corner, you may be thinking about hosting a festive get-together with family and friends. And if you live in a Quadrant Home, you no doubt want to show off your beautiful home by having guests over! With these tips, the right planning and a few special touches, you’ll be sure to pull off a memorable, low-stress holiday party.

Get Organized
Make a list, stock up and don’t be afraid to delegate responsibilities! Party planning and hosting will both be a breeze if you’ve planned ahead. Whether you use a digital party planning platform or old-fashioned pen and paper, getting started on your holiday celebration early is never a bad idea.

Decide on a menu
When planning your menu, stick to a tried-and-true recipe; dinner parties are not the best time to experiment with something new. It’s also a nice idea to consider any dietary restrictions your guests may have, but don’t feel the need to prepare something special for certain people. Just make sure there’s something for everyone at the table.

Plan ahead
Make as much of the food in advance as you can so you have time for last-minute tasks before the guests arrive. Finishing up the meal prep as people arrive is perfectly fine–set out appetizers so your guests can snack while they wait. Also, unload the dishwasher and take out the trash before guests arrive so neither get too full during the party.

Designate an Area for Coats and Shoes
Baby, its cold outside! With colder weather moving in, guests are guaranteed to be dressed in layers. To avoid potential slush spread throughout your home and to let your guests show off their festive holiday ensembles, make sure to designate a place in your home for everyone to leave their winter-wear.

Themed Drinks and Cocktails
From hot cocoa to hard apple cider, the holiday season is full of festive drink options, and whether drinks are the main course or just an added bonus, guests will be looking forward to sipping on something sweet. Keep it simple with classics like mulled wine, spiked eggnog and buttered rum, or spice it up with creative concoctions like a Caramel Apple Pie Martini, a Cranberry Julep or a Salted Caramel White Russian. Of course, most of these drinks can also be made without alcohol, and are just as tasty!

Set the Holiday Mood with Scented Candles
A scented candle is an excellent, subtle way to get your guests in the holiday spirit at your celebration. Pine tree, clove and chestnut scents are great savory smells that will have your friends and family feeling festive. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, scents like gingerbread, cinnamon with vanilla, and pumpkin pie are also great choices to set the mood for the holiday season in your home.

Make a Playlist
Another great way to set the mood for your gathering is with music. Make your holiday party warm and cozy, fun and festive, or both, by creating a custom playlist with your favorite holiday tunes. If you don’t have any time to spare, Spotify and Pandora both have countless ready-to-listen playlists and radios in various holiday themes that will suit any desired ambiance. Remember to keep the music at a lower volume so that guests can still visit with one another without shouting.

Ready to host your own holiday party in a new Quadrant Home? Connect with a New Home Specialist at (866) 784-6637, or email newhomes@quadranthomes.com.