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Getting Ready for the Holidays: Christmas Entertaining

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Christmas Entertaining

Merry Christmas! You’ve waited for this day for months. You’ve shopped until you dropped, baked up a storm and stocked up on everyone’s favorite holiday goodies. The tree is decked out and the other holiday décor is up in all its glory. Now, it’s time to celebrate!

With family and friends coming from near and far, it’s time to think about your Christmas entertaining duties. Here are few ideas to help you have a happier holiday:

Keep It Simple

Hosting can turn into a stressful ordeal but it doesn’t need to. This year, don’t spread yourself thin by going all out decorating and feeling responsible to make 100 different dishes, keep it simple.

Small decorative touches can go a long way. A table runner can be added to the food table, a wreath hung above, and embellishments set for the table.

The meal can be simplified too.

Take responsibility for the main course, such as a gorgeous ham. Then, assign your guests to bring the side dishes.

Keep your prep work down by making a simple appetizer ahead of time. Then, guests will enjoy a delicious holiday treat without giving you added worry before the meal. Hosting a holiday meal, or any party, should not leave you exhausted.

Contemporary Spaces by London Interior Designers & Decorators Amanda Neilson Interiors

Contemporary Spaces by London Interior Designers & Decorators Amanda Neilson Interiors

Tablescape

Since a major part of Christmas day is centered on the meal, creating a tablescape is a fun way to decorate.

The best thing about a tablescape is that it can be as simple or as detailed as you want. Here are a couple of theme ideas to get you started:

  • Winter wonderland – add whites with silver and red as accents
  • Farmhouse – go rustic with burlap and pinecones
  • Cranberry bliss – use cranberries and greenery as decorative elements
  • Traditional – red and green
Atherton Holiday House Tour from Houzz

Atherton Holiday House Tour from Houzz

Signature Drink Stations

One last thing you can do to spice up Christmas day is to offer a signature drink.

Put together a station with all the fixings for each guest to customize their own drink. There are so many fun combinations to choose from. Here are two ideas we love:

Christmas ‘Cocktail’

A Christmas cocktail can be fun for kids and adults to assemble themselves. For example, the base can be cranberry juice with sparkling cider and champagne as mixing options. On the side, offer various fruit to add as a tasty garnish.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot chocolate is a winter treat and perfect for Christmas day. Again, guests can prepare their own drink. Set out mugs with peppermint sticks as stirrers – plus they’re festive and a tasty addition. With that, set out a jar of hot chocolate powder, hot water, marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, and anything else you can think of!

Wintertime Beverage Station by Amber Hopman

Wintertime Beverage Station by Amber Hopman

Do you have anything special you do for entertaining on Christmas? Share with us in the comments below!

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About Kimberly Crossland

Kimberly Crossland is a guest writer for Bestlaminate's Blog and founder of the GetVailAz.com. She has an unnatural obsession with the power of words, which is really cool because she can speak two languages: English and Danish. Her other job titles include wife and dog-walker.

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