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Holiday entertaining at home made simple and easy
Tips to get your home ready for hosting guests at anytime
 
Published Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:05 am
by Brandpoint

The pressure to host the perfect party can take all the joy out of what is supposed to be a fun and memorable occasion with friends and family. But holiday entertaining doesn't have to  equal stress.

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By planning ahead, you can host a fun, festive get-together that you'll remember for holidays to come.

Prepare your home for the arrival of your family and friends with these tips from lifestyle guru Susie Coelho who has provided entertaining tips for the home on HGTV, "Oprah," "Today" and "The View."

Tip No. 1: Food can make or break a celebration.

Start your preparations by stocking the bar, cleaning the kitchen and setting the table or buffet before guests arrive.
"If you decide to host a holiday event or New Year's Eve party, ask your guests to participate by bringing an appetizer on a decorative platter," Coelho says. "This will add different flavors to your event and help encourage conversations about the combination of foods prepared."

Tip No. 2: Add simple decor to make the space warm and inviting.

When decorating the seating and buffet areas, Coelho suggests going simple with tea lights in glass votive jars and choosing a one or two-tone color palette for dishes, napkins and flowers. "For beautiful ambiance and magical lighting, arrange candles down the center of the table," she says.

Coelho also recommends making the food part of the display as well. "Contrast is a buffet's best friend," she says. "You can find it in different heights, sizes, colors of the food, dishes and accessories. I have used everything from fabrics, herbs and pottery to flowers, candles and vases, turned over a dish to get height and used an odd container for display."

Tip No. 3: The more room you have to mingle, the merrier everyone will be.

As people start making themselves comfortable, they won't just stay in the kitchen. Having all areas of the house clean and open will invite guests to gather and socialize, keeping the party going longer.
One room your guests will be sure to visit is the bathroom. Make certain you have the room stocked with plenty of paper products as well as soap and hand lotion. Consider also placing a decorative candle in the room to add a festive glow for ambiance.

Tip No. 4: Relax.

Be prepared for guests ahead of time, allows you to enjoy the fun and party the night away.

 

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