Party and Hosting Tips for the Holidays

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We are getting into the season where it is beginning to cool and with the dawn of cooler temperatures comes celebrations with family and friends. My family will be hosting Thanksgiving this year and I wanted to take a closer look at some Party and Hosting Tips for the Holiday season! From prepping with decorations, laying out the table a day before, scented home recipes, and some cooking and serving tips. I’m sure these creative ideas are sure to help your holiday party go off without a hitch!


Make your home warm and inviting from the time your guests arrive to the time that they leave by placing lantern on your porch or doorway area.  A lantern with greenery on the porch looks great | French Country Cottage.


Turn your home into an amazing smell with a stove top recipe. Here is an example from Half Baked Harvest.




3 tangerines, halved

3 whole cinnamon sticks

1 1/2 cups of fresh crainberries

2 star anise (optional) gives a strong black licorice smell.

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 inch piece fresh ginger

1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

     1 cup apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice




It is always a festive and efficient idea to include some name cards when setting up your table for that holiday meal.  Love Of Family and Home is a great place to shop.


You can host the Holidays like a Pro with these Holiday Planners and Lists (Christmas and Thanksgiving) | Yellow Bliss Road.                                                                                                



I know that every year I always struggle with over eating and gaining that classic “holiday weight”. This year I’m making sure to make the correct serving sizes for my holiday meals. Here is a great example from Get Healthy U.





I think the most helpful tip is making sure that you lay out your utensils and serving dishes the day BEFORE. This insures that you are not scrambling around trying to get a place setting together for that one cousin you forgot to include in your dinner plans.



Setting “the mood” with your selection of background music can make or break you in these types of situations so make sure to put on something that is classic and appealing to everyone. Here is an example I picked up from Pinterest for background music.


You can never go wrong with some win and cheese parings. Look at these pairings from His and Her Wine.



One thing I always see at a holiday get-together is the classic cheeseboard. You always have these amazing crackers and elegant cheeses that always leave you wanting more. Toot Sweet 4 Two gives you some amazing and easy ideas for your cheeseboard.


This festive Cranberry & Rosemary White Sangria recipe from Jerry James Stone is certainly going to be on my holiday menu this year! 





    1 Granny Smith apple

    1 Braeburn apple

    1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries

    1 large Sprig rosemary


    1 Bottle Pinot Grigio

    ½ cup white grape juice

    ¼ cup sugar (more, for garnish)

    1 Can club soda



I will also be adding in some frozen grapes to my wine this year to keep it chilled without watering it down.


I hope that all your holiday meals and parties will be filled with love and good memories with the help of these tips and tricks. I certainly know that they have all helped me this year in planning my holiday celebrations.   Happy Holidays!

Comments (1)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Tiffany Canady Those are excellent party and hosting tips for the holidays.

Nov 19, 2016 09:47 AM