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How to Prep for Hosting a Party

How to Prep for Hosting a Party

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The stockings are hung. The Christmas tree is sparkling. The holiday decorations are up and looking merry as ever. And then come all the festivities you are so looking forward to. Hosting a party this Christmas season? Here are a few last-minute things you'll need to check off your list before guests arrive.

hosting a party table with green garland and green place setting
Greenery adds depth and interest to your table setting.

Do a Clean Sweep

Start by decluttering your home of all personal and everyday items so every tabletop and countertop looks neat and tidy. Wipe down all surfaces with a fresh and clean scented cleaner (the more natural the better).

Clear off your coat hooks so guests have a place to hang their coat or hat. After cleaning any bathrooms that guests could potentially use, stock them up on supplies. You'll also want to set out scented bars of soap, refill liquid hand soap dispensers, add brand new hand towels and perhaps provide a tiny vase with a floral arrangement.

Hosting a party with a table set with fresh holiday greenery
During your clean sweep, clear away any dead or dry leaves and branches from your fresh greenery.

Appeal to the Senses

Delight your guests with the scents of the season as you set your table. You can use scented candles, diffusers and fresh greenery that smell heavenly and remind you of the holiday season. When you're hosting a party, be sure to add lush garlands to your dining table and all throughout your home, and use small sprigs in your festive place settings.

As you get ready to celebrate with your holiday guests, go around checking all of your fresh garlands and wreaths. Remove any dead or dry parts, and refresh them with a light spritz from a spray bottle so they'll look and smell their best.

Nicebucket ice bucket
Ice buckets like this one from Nicebucket are a creative alternative for a beautiful floral arrangement.

In addition to green garlands and wreaths, you may also want to set out pretty arrangements of fresh flowers to wow your guests. Instead of using regular vases, repurpose found objects around the home, from galvanized buckets to ice buckets and champagne buckets.

Set the Stage

Just about everything is ready for your friends and family to show up for the evening. Don't forget those last-minute details, like filling the ice bucket after you have your holiday table set. That leaves one less thing to worry about as you're busy with your guests.

ice bucket
Pick the perfect ice bucket well before your event. This Zinger Gold design from Nicebucket will keep your ice chilled up to five hours.

Right before you receive your first guest, take a moment to take it all in: your holiday table setting and all of your holiday decorations looking just right. Don't forget to take pictures of it all before your event and during your event, too, of course!

hosting a party holiday check list
Get organized before your big holiday event with a free printable hosting check list that will ensure you leave nothing undone before guests come over.

Timing is everything when you're hosting a party. To help in preparing for your special occasion, our handy free printable hosting checklist will keep you on track. The more time you spend preparing, the more time you'll have to enjoy your event.

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