Holiday Hostess With The Mostest

The holidays are fast approaching. Your home has been fully decorated and treasured collections have been displayed along with boughs of greenery, wreaths, trees and the like. Now all that’s left to do is plan a party. Consider your holiday décor style and colors used in your decorations when selecting your party theme.

Decorating for a holiday party is similar to decorating any space starting with selecting a color and theme. Create a unique party atmosphere by designing your entertaining area as a stand-alone space with colors and a theme different from your other rooms. For an atmosphere that flows from room to room carry through the same holiday décor. Create focal points through strategic placement of pillows, florals and collections.

Once you’ve decided on the type of party to host and sent invitations, begin to plan the menu, any additional decorations needed, the bar and music. Know your strengths—don’t try to do it all yourself—remember that you are going to want to spend time with your guests. Hire out the food if you’re not a budding chef—a few cater waiters can be brought in to serve drinks to a large crowd—and bring in a musician to provide some mood music and a florist to add some freshness to your everlasting, evergreen garlands. Most of all, make your guests feel welcomed when they walk in the door. A successful party should be dramatic and fun but also a cozy affair. Light your fireplace and candles, use lamps instead of overhead lights, and have some great music playing in the background. And lastly, please don’t fret over spills—a house is made to be used; that’s what it’s there for after all.

Powder Room Essentials

Add a few essentials to your powder bath. Your guests will thank you!

  • A small bunch of fresh flowers and a lighted candle.
  • Toothpicks and mints
  • Beautiful soaps and embroidered hand towels (have a few backups)
  • Aspirin, for those who enjoy your bar a little too much
  • A discreetly hidden plunger and a few essentials for ladies to avoid an embarrassment
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