5 Easy Steps to Holiday Hosting

With the holiday season, comes holiday stress. Make this hosting season a little more relaxed by mapping out your planning process. Below we demonstrate five easy steps to holiday hosting that will get you organized to throw an amazing party!

5 Holiday Hosting Tips for Your Next Party 

Use these guidelines to host the party of the holiday season!

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1. Plan the Menu

To begin planning the menu, first, you need to determine what type of party you want to host. Are you hosting a formal sit-down dinner or casual cocktail party? If you prefer a dinner party, consider doing a buffet as it saves room on your table for more decorative items. Buffets also eliminate the question of which way to pass the dishes and you can keep the food hot with warmers. If you choose to host a cocktail party, then you can have a less extensive menu and make appetizers ahead of time. For menu inspiration, check out Martha Stewart’s Holiday Parties and Menus.

2. Stock Your Bar Cart

A great idea for a holiday party is to create a signature cocktail for the night. Consider making a Christmas sangria or a holiday mule! For those guests who like to stick to the classics like a vodka or whiskey, make sure you stock your bar cart to guarantee drinks are flowing the entire evening. Set up your bar cart as a self-serve station – making people drinks is one less thing you need to do that night. Stock your bar cart with the basics via Food & Wine’s How to Stock Your First Bar Cart for Under $200.

3. Decide on Décor

When it comes to holiday décor, sometimes less is more. You can effortlessly decorate with things you already have in your home. Do you have any leftover ornaments from decorating the tree? Why not put them in a glass vase and use that as your centerpiece? Placing tea lights around the house is another affordable, yet elegant option. Another festive décor idea is to purchase fresh garland and have it run down the dinner table or around the buffet table. PS – don’t forget to hang mistletoe.

4. Create a Playlist

Having music for any party is key. For holiday hosting, create a playlist that features both cheerful Christmas music and non-Christmas songs; you don’t want to overdo it with the holiday festiveness. A nice balance is always a good idea when making a holiday playlist.

5. Prep Ahead of Time

To plan for as little stress as possible the day of, make as much food as feasible in advance. For the food that you have to prepare the day of the event, try to do prep ahead of time like gathering the ingredients together the night before. Set the table, place the decorations, and label the serving dishes with what goes where. The more work you can do beforehand, the better!

Follow these five simple holiday hosting steps to guarantee for a fabulous party. MTOclean wants to make your life even easier by taking care of the cleaning before the big event. We offer customizable cleaning services to fit your needs, budget, and schedule. So, whatever your requirements, we can meet them. To learn more about our services and arrange a free estimate, contact the MTOclean office nearest you.

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