4 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Hosting

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‘Tis the season for never-ending to-do lists! Between shopping for gifts, decorating the house, and cooking for holiday parties, this season can take its toll on even the most prepared hosts and hostesses. Avoid the stress that comes with party planning by checking out our four tips for holiday hosting below! Don’t have a functional kitchen to host in? Check out our inspiration gallery to begin planning your new Marsh kitchen in time for next year’s festivities!


  1.  Declutter your home. It’s one of the busiest times of the year, and the last thing any of us wants to do is clean…but we do it anyway. With so many guests coming into your home, you want to make sure your space is as decluttered as possible. We’re not suggesting a deep cleaning and scrubbing of every inch of every room, but a little tidying up will make you feel refreshed while ensuring that your home doesn’t feel cramped as your guests arrive. If children will be present for the festivities, it’s especially important that you declutter the spaces you’ll be using to entertain—the kitchen and living room, for example, may need to be cleared of delicate vases or lamps that could break if accidentally tipped over.


  1. Have a game plan. Here’s where a close attention to detail will make all the difference. Think ahead not only when it comes to the dishes you’ll serve, but also when you’ll start cooking. Keep in mind that you may have more than one dish that needs to bake for several hours, so consider getting started in the kitchen the day before (or even two days before) your party. Doing this will ensure that you leave enough time for everything to chill, bake, and roast. You should also consider what details will leave your guests raving about your party until the next holiday season. Have drinks prepared for when they arrive and take their coats and scarves to a coat closet as they settle in. These may seem like minor acts, but they make pleasant surprises for your guests and show that you have hosting down to a science.


  1. Make a shopping list. With the most painful part of hosting behind us, it’s time for the fun stuff! Start by taking inventory of what ingredients you have on hand, make a list of the supplies you need, and head to the grocery store. If you’re not used to hosting, you may not have enough tableware for all of your guests. Be sure to include items such as tableware, extra chairs, beverages, and anything else you think will make your party stand out. The most important thing to note here is stick to the list! As tempting as it may be to pick up a new Santa Claus statue for your mantle, you’ll thank yourself later for buying the items on your list and only the items on your list.


  1. Decorate! Decorating your home doesn’t have to stop at hanging garland, putting up your Christmas tree, and strategically placing reindeer around the living room. Get creative with holiday scents and cozy lighting! Nothing says winter wonderland quite like the smell of cinnamon, peppermint, or gingerbread. Fragrance oils, candles, and scented wax melts are all great options for setting a holiday ambiance. Add to this by dimming the lights and turning on lamps or flameless candles, as flames may present a fire hazard with so many people gathered in one space.


There you have it—holiday hosting as easy as 1, 2, 3…4! If entertaining guests isn’t an option because of an outdated kitchen, contact us at one of our five North Carolina locations to get started on your remodel today.