The holiday season is upon us whether we’re ready or not! In addition to everyone’s hectic schedule, this time of year can be even more stressful, detrimental to our diets and send even the most organized into a frenzy. Not to worry, we’ve got our favorite tips for enjoying the season, hosting the best party and doing it all with grace.
Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails
Don’t complicate the drinks. Make a spectacular punch or bar of “batch” cocktails. We love a self-serve gin or vodka bar. Just provide the liquor and mixers and let everyone make their own! Need some inspiration? Check our @ourfathersboston cocktail recipe
Creative Coat Display
Don’t just have guests put coats on a bed – instead, set up a cute, creative coat display or rack near the door so guests can immediately remove their coats and relax. If you’re having a themed party – incorporate that into your display as well so that from the moment your guests step into the party, they know what it’s all about!
Pre-Cook Apps to Save Time
Greet guests with a themed-beverage and/or fun hors d’oeuvres. This will help make them feel warm and welcome right from the get go. Pro tip – to save some time and stress, cook some of your snacks ahead of time and freeze them. That way all you’ll have to do is re-heat and serve. Saving that extra time will allow you to spend more time with family and friends – which is what the holidays are all about! Check out @bostonchefnews for some great ideas. We especially love the Thanksgiving to Go – you still have time to order your sides and even the bird!
Create an Interactive Element
Set-up a display, such as a “create your own mimosa” bar or DIY chili bar with different toppings. This adds a fun, interactive element to your party that guests will love.
Holiday Tunes on Tap
Create a festive play list ahead of time that will get everyone in a jolly mood – mix holiday tunes with upbeat party favorites to create the perfect playlist that you can set and forget!
Share the Leftover Love!
Invest in pretty to-go containers so guests will willingly take-home leftovers and you won’t be stuck with tons of food that may go to waste.
Light it Up
Don’t forget about lighting! Depending on the party theme – think about what type of lighting would be best to “set the mood”. Having something more intimate? Try soft candle light or LED to set a cool, relaxing environment.