Holiday Hosting Tips in Your New Home
As a new home buyer, it can feel like an exciting milestone to host your first party for friends and family during the holiday season. As with throwing a housewarming party, it can also seem a bit daunting to welcome so many people into your spotless new home. With these tips in mind, you can protect your precious investment while also hosting a seamless evening of holiday cheer.
Set the tone as guests arrive with tasteful holiday decorations before they even get inside. This year, minimalist decor is in. A simple green wreath and garland around the front door made of fresh pine or eucalyptus offer a fragrant and festive entrance. Once inside, the front entry will need to be prepared for heavy foot traffic. Make sure you have space for guests to leave jackets and bags. If you prefer for guests to take off their shoes, create a designated area for shoes so visitors know what to expect.
Give Neighbors a Head’s Up
As a new member of the neighborhood, it’s especially important to maintain good relations with the neighbors. If you’re throwing an open house style party, extend an invitation to neighbors as the perfect opportunity to get to know each other and make an impression. Otherwise, simply send a thoughtful gift like homemade baked goods along with a note to let neighbors know to expect the block to be busy on the night of the event.
Simplify Your Holiday Menu
Save yourself the stress of cooking all day leading up to the party by selecting a menu of items that you can prepare ahead of time. Tarts and quiches freeze well beforehand and offer guests the perfect savory bite. Place bulk items like cookies, crackers with cheese, and roasted nuts in multiple rooms so guests can snack without all congregating in the kitchen. And don’t forget the drinks! Offer guests some extra cheer with a holiday-themed cocktail like a hot toddy or spiced punch. When the timing is right, put out regular and decaf coffee, hot cider, and tea as a friendly gesture that the party is drawing to a close.
Continue (or Start) a Holiday Tradition
The holiday season is a time for making memories and upholding family traditions. Provide guests with a fun and festive activity that will make your party stand out. For example, you can leave out simple ornaments with colorful markers for guests to write a holiday message and sign with the date as a cherished gift for years ahead. Other ideas include classics like a white elephant gift exchange, a gift wrapping relay race, or Christmas-themed charades.
With the holiday season in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of planning, gifting, and traveling. While you can’t control an occasional spilled drink or burnt cookie along the way, throwing a party in your new home is the perfect way to focus on what really matters this holiday season. A little bit of planning, some twinkling lights, and a few extra coasters will go a long way toward making your party and new home a hit this season.