How to Entertain Like a Pro with Quadrant Homes

Fall is all about spending quality time with friends and family. The crisp, colorful season calls for plenty of entertaining–from festive game day celebrations to outdoor gatherings and holiday events to movie nights with a cozy throw and a steaming mug of hot apple cider.

As autumn winds into winter, enjoy hosting friends and family in your home with some fall flair. We’ve rounded up some great ideas to help you entertain like a pro.

Create a welcoming entry.
Capture the essence of fall with textural elements that you can add to your front porch and entryway. Pumpkins, gourds and autumn mums in bright yellow, orange or burgundy introduce color and texture and create a festive harvest aesthetic. Carve or paint the pumpkins for Halloween and trade them out for fresh Thanksgiving-inspired gourds in November.

Plan ahead. The freezer is your friend.
According to celebrity designers like Colin Cowie and Nate Berkus, the secret to an effortless event is a prepared and relaxed host. Begin planning décor and food several weeks ahead of time. Make as much food in advance as possible so things are easier the day of your gathering. Consider retro dishes such as meatballs, baked pastas and breakfast casseroles that are easy to pop into the freezer and pull out when needed. Holiday dishes, like mashed potatoes and dinner rolls, can be prepared the night before and heated when guests arrive.

Designate different food and beverage areas.
Quadrant Homes’ designs feature spacious kitchens with ample island space that flow into airy great rooms. Take advantage of the thoughtfully planned layout for your holiday bites and beverages. Set up interactive food and drink stations in different areas of your home, such as cocktail nibbles and cheese and charcuterie boards on the kitchen island, beverages at the coffee bar and sweet treats in the dining area. This helps create movement and encourage mingling.

Offer pitcher-perfect drinks.
Whether you’re treating guests to blueberry-basil-infused water, craft beer or a signature cocktail, visitors should never be empty-handed. Make things easier on yourself and serve drinks from pitchers. Put out pitchers of spirited and non-alcoholic beverages, label them and let guests serve themselves. Be sure to set out cocktail napkins, too.

Take the party outside.
Inviting indoor-outdoor spaces extend the entertaining area for your guests, plus include natural light and glorious fall foliage. If weather allows, channel the first Thanksgiving and serve what the Pilgrims and their native Wampanoag guests dined on, likely grilled game, fowl, fish and shellfish, and native fruits and local vegetables. Complete the festivities by watching a memorable pigskin clash or classic holiday movie on your outdoor television.

Bring on the fun and games.
After the dinner and drinks, it’s fun to take part in an activity that will bring the group together. Bring out a stack of board games, dominoes and cards for some classic fun. Make it extra special with vintage games like Monopoly, Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit. Bonus: Fun and nostalgic games work for all ages.

Forget perfection.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel the pressure to put on an elaborate Pinterest or Instagram-worthy affair, especially for Thanksgiving or other holidays. Just concentrate on providing a welcoming environment. If needed, there’s no shame in the bakery or grocery pick-up game. Delicious and foolproof! On the day of your event, remember the first rule of hosting: relax and enjoy your guests.

Enjoy the holidays in a new home.
If you’ve been dreaming of a beautiful new home just right for hosting festive holiday gatherings, look to Quadrant Homes. When you buy a Quadrant home, you’ll find special features that make entertaining a breeze—like elegant entryways, spacious kitchens and great rooms and attractive indoor-outdoor living spaces. You’ll find everything you need to entertain indoors or out.

Ready to host the holidays in a brand-new Quadrant home? Let’s find your new home for the holidays. Connect with a New Home Specialist at (425) 212-1172, or email newhomes@quadranthomes.com.

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