Written by Kristin Dowding
Being the host for a Christmas event is an opportunity to create an atmosphere and experience your loved ones won’t forget. In her new book, A Home to Share, author Leslie Saeta shares how she’s turned her home into a gathering-friendly space. Here are her top 3 tips for planning a Christmas party this year.
“The secret to success for any holiday party starts with truly being there for your guests, greeting each and every one of them at the door,” writes Leslie. That can be challenging when you have a million things to do when you’re planning a Christmas party.
“If you don’t want to budget for extra help, a buffet and self-service bar is a good way to go. But if you decide to hire even one helper, make it the bartender. You won’t regret it,” she writes.
Spread It Out
Try not to have all the food in one space when planing a Christmas party, as this can cause traffic jams. “Serving different treats and drinks in various rooms of your home, and creating unique decorations in each area, encourages flow and mingling,” writes Leslie. Have your appetizers in one area, and dessert in another. Consider setting up a station outdoors if you have a backyard and the weather cooperates.
Planning a Christmas Party Ahead
It’s never too early to start planning a Christmas party. “Whether you entertain on a grand scale or an intimate one, keep notes from year to year,” writes Leslie. “Which items were popular? Can you change the recipes to improve upon what was served? I keep a notebook and I also look at the quantities of food and drink our guests consumed and note changes that need to be made.”
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Victoria is a brand advisor, marketing strategist, writer and editor. She was the editorial director of American Farmhouse Style for almost 10 years, and now enjoys writing occasional articles for the magazine and receiving the beautiful copies in the mail. Victoria is also a wife and mom to three little ones: two on earth and one in heaven. With any (not so spare) time, she devours books, dabbles in fiction writing and works on her house. As a home décor enthusiast and DIYer herself, she knows what a little paint and patience can do for a room!