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How to Host a Holiday DinnerNovember 9th, 2021 by
If you’re new to hosting holiday dinner and feeling a little meek, take a deep breath! All you need are a few simple strategies to host like a pro.
Whether it’s your first time hosting or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s always something new to learn. In this article, we’ll share some helpful ideas to prepare your home for a festive holiday dinner.
Your Holiday Hosting How-To
Holiday hosting can mean a twenty-person dinner party, or a simple dinner with your immediate household. Either way, there are some helpful tips to ensure your meal runs smoothly and you don’t get too stressed out in the process.
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1. Assess Your Space
First things first: get your guest list in order. Get real with the size of your home, whether you live in a two-story house or a cute condo. Next, check out your dining room table arrangement to determine exactly how many it can seat. The last thing you want is a game of musical chairs.
Remember, there are more holidays to come. As much as you love celebrating, if your home can’t hold everyone, there’s always another event you can invite them to. Start small and keep it simple to make the most of a fun and tasty holiday dinner.
2. Send Invites
Some events are more casual than others, but holiday parties are worth planning. After making your guest list, send out invites requesting an RSVP with at least a week’s notice. Plan to get your invites out early, as holiday events build up quickly.
In terms of invite delivery, life in the digital age means evites, emails or texts are all fair game for holiday events. Be sure to consider alternate invites for those who prefer traditional communication.
3. Make a Menu
The food is the star of the show at any party, and you’re likely feeling the heat. Stick to tried-and-true recipes to ensure you don’t add stress to your day. Add in a few sides and a classic dessert or ask guests to take on the responsibility of bringing those to lighten your load.
When planning your menu, start by focusing on the main food (like turkey, ham or beef), a starch and a vegetable. Consider buying rolls, pies, beverages or appetizers to supplement your cooking. There’s nothing wrong with a little kitchen assistance for a delicious holiday dinner.
4. Ask for Help
Just because you’re new to hosting doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. Why not ask your friends for tips or your mom for easy recipe ideas? Even if they can’t contribute time, prior experience is worth its weight in gold. Ask them what to do and what to avoid as you prep your party.
It’s possible you’re still learning your way around the kitchen. We’ve all been there. Why not expand your repertoire by watching cooking videos? There are plenty of free options online and tasty recipes at your fingertips. Wow your family with food they’ve never had by casting a wider net.
5. Set the Scene
Create a holiday feel from the moment guests enter your home with fun holiday décor. Focus on high-traffic areas like the table or entryway for maximum mileage.
If you’re not sure where to start, choose a theme or color palette perfect for the event. Consider a colorful tablecloth, decorative runner, napkin rings or festive place cards. If crafts are your thing, you can create a custom wreath or centerpiece.
6. Remember Safety
With the health of your guests in mind, you can keep your home safe and sanitary with the help of a few easy techniques. For starters, stock your kitchen and bathroom(s) with soap and hand sanitizer. Wipe down any surfaces before your guests arrive and repeat after they leave.
Food for Thought
Hosting a holiday dinner can give you all the feels, but there’s no need to stress. With friends, family and food at the heart of any holiday, it’s important you enjoy yourself over anything else.
Follow these tips to help you create a holiday event tailored to your needs. Here’s to your savory spread and a joyous holiday season!
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