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Tips for Entertaining This Holiday Season

Tips for Entertaining This Holiday Season

We understand that everyone lives differently so, when the holiday season rolls around, we understand that we are all celebrating in our own unique ways. Whether we’re attending parties hosted by loved ones or we’re doing the hosting, those joyful moments with those you love are what matter most. At the core of every holiday celebration, there’s great-tasting food, drinks, and festive décor. But I think we’re are all in agreeance when I say, the best part of any gathering is the people we get to celebrate with and seeing the smiles on their faces.

Regardless of how you’ll celebrate this year; we’re here to provide you with helpful resources to ensure your holiday season with loved ones is a memorable one. Whether you’re hosting for 2 or for 20, there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into entertaining for the holidays. Maybe it’s your first-time hosting or maybe you don’t want to stick to the traditional routine. Throwing an elegant holiday get-together -- whether a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party -- doesn't have to be stressful. In this post, we’re sharing with you some of our most useful tips for holiday entertaining.

Plan Ahead

If you’re reading this and you haven’t started your holiday party planning list, what are you waiting for? Advance planning gives you an ample amount of time to make last-minute changes to the décor, food menu and even the invite list. Shop and cook ahead of time. It’s best to prepare as much food as you can before the festivities begin. Pre-mixed drinks or drinks by the bottle opposed to well-made cocktails can save you a lot of time as well. Prep work is essential. When everything is fully prepared in advance, it leaves you more time to enjoy your guest and the party as opposed to being in last minute, frantic preparation mode.

Decide of a Décor Theme

Nothing says party like a decorative theme. Chances are, you’re going to be entertaining from October into the new year so, it’s probably best to consider a neutral theme. I know what you’re thinking “neutral is so boring.” It can be, but in this case, it doesn’t have to be. Choosing a neutral color theme throughout the house lessens the work required to redecorate in-between holidays. With a more neutral color palette throughout the home, it’s a lot easier to incorporate personalized accents according to the holiday. When it comes to place settings, think neutral still, and minimal. Less always equals more. You want to be sure you’re saving space for food by not overcrowding the dinner table with overbearing centerpieces and place settings. Use small accents, such as gold cutlery, holiday-themed dinner menus, specialty napkins, and garland, to fill any empty spots on the dinner table.

Buy It in Bulk or By the Case Load

And by it, I mean wine, of course. The conversation starters always begin at the bar. Wine lightens the mood, enhances joy and fun throughout the room. Making choice an option is important. Buying a variety of reds, whites, and rosés by the case is enough to satisfy every guest. When you’re fully prepared to entertain a large number of guests with a fully stocked pantry filled with cases of wine, the stress of having to run to the store is non-existent. You can shop an assortment of wine collections now, exclusively on the Marketplace.

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Forgo Tradition When Considering Menu Options

Times have changed drastically over the years. And while we all want to eat as much as we can during the holiday season, not all of our diets are the same. Some of our guests are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. It’s important to consider menu options that cater to a wide variety of diets. Your main courses and snack options should have enough to fuel everyone, no matter their diet. Luckily, those specialty items for your pantry are only a click away. We currently offer a variety of gluten-free and vegan options on the Marketplace. Click below to shop.

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A celebration that occurs only once a year deserves the best of everything. We encourage you to break out the fanciest of fancy dinnerware for the finest of dining. Lighten the mood with your best holiday playlist and think big when it comes to décor. Find the best decorative accents and florals that your holiday bonus can buy. Yes, seasonality applies to florals too. Greenery is highly favored during the fall/winter months. Don’t miss a moment to wow your guest with the perfect floral arrangements. No matter how decorative or fancy your home will be during the coming months, the important thing will always be quality time with those we love. More than anything, we want to encourage you all to find joy in everything that you this holiday season. Happy Holidays from the Marketplace, family!