‘Tis the season for lots of celebrations and holiday parties! With Christmas only days away and New Year’s quickly approaching, we sat down with Susan Vang-Xiong from Circle of Events to find out what tiny details create a special holiday party. From welcome drinks to setting a picture-perfect table, the tips below will make your holiday party an event to remember!
Functionality is Key
For your party to flow, the layout of the event should be well thought out. Would you prefer your guests to mingle in the living room? Or is the kitchen a better gathering space? Vang-Xiong recommends that you take time out of your party prepping to plan each of your home’s gathering spaces accordingly.
Pre-set Your Glasses and Mixers
If you have a bar cart or designated bar area, make sure it is ready to go for your guests with mixers pre-poured and cocktail glasses out. Adding labels to the mixers is a small detail that adds a fancy touch to the party. Whether you handwrite them or print them, your guests will appreciate it!
Set Your Dining Table Before the Guests Arrive
Setting your dining table ahead of time is an easy item to complete so that you can focus on the last-minute details as the party’s start time approaches. To really make your table glamourous, Vang-Xiong says to start by layering a charger base. Then, accent the table settings with a colorful glass. Make sure you have the correct table-top items needed to accommodate your menu at each place setting. Then, finish your table by placing a holiday-themed centerpiece, like poinsettias on the table. Now you have yourself a glamourous holiday table!
Before your guests arrive, strategically place small snacks throughout the gathering spaces on end tables or coffee tables for guests to munch on while they catch up with one another. Nuts, pretzels, and popcorn are all delicious crowd-pleasers.
Set Out Small Bites
Take advantage of your large countertops by placing small bites out for guests to have before dinner is served. Don’t forget to put out small plates and forks as well! When your guests arrive welcome them in and begin leading them to the island to enjoy the bites.
When the party starts, greet each of them with your signature welcome drink in hand. During the holiday’s it’s great to incorporate pomegranate and rosemary in your cocktails to make them festive. Champagne is also a classic welcome drink that never goes out of style.
Time for Dessert
To top off your party, once dinner has wrapped up place your favorite holiday cookies on the table for your guests to enjoy family-style. A tip from the expert is to pre-plate the cookies on your festive platter before the party begins so all that’s left is to serve.
Now you have thought of everything, and your guests will love your holiday party!