I've always enjoy a full house during the holidays. It's normal to feel little overwhelmed at times with gifts to give, party to plan and meals to make, especially with too many people in the kitchen. Sometimes we may live in a space that may not be easily to entertain. It’s much easier to make the whole house smell great. But I’m a firm believer that it’s not only the space that makes people feel welcome, it’s the environment and the people. As the season is here for more holiday gathering. Here are few simple tips to incorporate into your hosting habits to make the most of your space.
1. Don’t go overboard on the invitations.
Be realistic with your guests invitation. Make sure you have enough room to accommodate them whether it’s on a floor cushion or at the table, make sure everyone has a seat.
2. Remember to delegate and outsource.
Most people enjoy to contribute, so no need to do everything yourself. Delegate a few side dishes or desserts to free up your own kitchen space, dishes, etc. If you have an ideal menu, feel free to assign specific dishes.
If you’re having a lot of out of town guests, include something from a favourite local restaurant or bakery. This checks something off your menu and gives guests a taste of something new!
3. Preparation is the key.
Prepare in advance as much as possible. This frees up some hiccups or in case something goes wrong. Leave some space in your schedule, allowing you to mingle with the guests a bit more.
4. Clear shelf space.
Clear off a few shelves or other surfaces to give drinks and small plates a place to rest.
5. Don’t go crazy with the decorations.
Simply adding a few fresh greens or simple arrangements to your existing decor will liven up the place without adding to the clutter.
6. Make room for coats.
Clear a space (maybe in your own closest!) for coats, hats, etc.
7. Make a drink station.
We like to have a drink station outside of the kitchen so guests can feel free to help themselves — this also decreases kitchen traffic and gives folks a “first stop” to move out of the doorway.
8. Determine who you are entertaining.
Some guests may bring a child to your invitation. Consider have a game ready to accommodate the child, it gives some peace of mind knowing their kiddos are entertained and not getting into things they shouldn’t be.
9. Consider some outdoor activities.
Have a few activities for people to enjoy outside, or build in some time after supper for a short walk outside to stretch legs and change up the environment. Remember you need to relax and enjoy the holidays too.
Enjoy. Happy Holidays!
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