Playing host this holiday season? For seasonal gatherings big and small, a few handy tricks and home ideas can help you host your party and enjoy it, too!
Take a look below for some of our favorite ideas.
Embrace make-ahead dishes
When the holidays get a little hectic, why stress yourself out by spending the entire day or night in the kitchen? Embrace the effortless ease of make-ahead dishes, items you can complete (or at least prepare) before the guests even arrive—so all that’s needed come party time is a quick reheat or assembly. Certain dishes taste even better the next day, like pastas that have time to sit and soak up all the delicious flavors from the sauce. You can breathe new life into yesterday’s macaroni and cheese by spreading it in a baking dish, topping it off with some bread crumbs, and heating it to crispy, gooey perfection. For the holiday staple of mashed potatoes, you can save yourself a good chunk of time by boiling the tubers ahead of time—so all that’s left to do is mash and add your milk and butter!
Make your décor functional
Your décor can serve a double purpose. Instead of simply being something to look at, it can serve as a sort of pre-dinner activity, too. For example, you can turn an empty wall into a beautiful photo op area—just surround it with garland or red and green streamers, and set up a few holiday props (like Santa hats and reindeer antlers) that guests can pose for pictures with.
Set the perfect ambiance
No party is complete without the finishing touch of good music—and at the holiday season, finding your perfect playlist is easier than ever, since tunes like “Jingle Bell Rock” or “Last Christmas” make for timeless party favorites.
Try a fun theme
Themed parties are endlessly fun and often convenient, since a theme like “ugly Christmas sweaters” or “funny hats” takes the guesswork out of guests deciding what to wear. Plus, it makes for hilarious keepsake photos!
Bring the fun outside
From your Platinum home, entertaining indoors and outdoors is truly effortless. Prepare for the fun to overflow outdoors and set up chairs, candles, and other comfy touches so that guests feel free to venture out—adding a natural flow to your party all the while.
Cozy family get together? Dinner party with friends? No matter the occasion, we hope these ideas will help you enjoy a truly seamless event.