When hosting a holiday party for your family or the friends and neighbors in your apartment in Beaufort, SC, entertaining can be stressful - especially during the holidays because you want everything to be perfect.
Here are some simple tips from Ashton Pointe Apartments on how to make entertaining more enjoyable for all involved.
Make a plan
Take some time to really plan out the event. How many are coming? What's on the menu? How should the house look? Make a to-do list and set deadlines for yourself. Doing as much as possible in advance will make the day of the party that much easier.
Make the most of the space in your apartment home
The size of the meal may expand during the holidays, but cooking and serving space doesn't. On the buffet table, tiered servers hold appetizers and desserts vertically, saving valuable space and creating an attractive display.
Decorate for all the senses
Involve all the senses in your decorating scheme. Come up with a holiday music playlist or CD. Be sure to include instrumental pieces to play during dinner so it won't impede conversation.
Fill the house with holiday scents, like cinnamon, mulberry or evergreen. Scented candles are an easy and attractive way to provide fragrance and a warm glow to any room, and candlelight makes your guests look 10 years younger.
Enjoy the results
Be sure you are not so busy being a hostess that you forget to enjoy yourself. Organize the kitchen so that most of the clean-up can be done later. Have storage containers handy for leftovers, designate an area in the kitchen for dirty dishes, forget the rest of the clean up until after your guests leave.
The host sets the tone of the party. Don’t worry about making your get together perfect, what makes your dinner party perfect is keeping the focus on family and friends.
Original article Creston News Advisor