This is your year to host family and friends for the upcoming holiday feasts. It’s an honor and a responsibility. Don’t worry, just follow these simple steps and you can easily create a fine celebration without breaking a sweat or the bank.
Set the Table
The look of the tables will lay the foundation for the rest of the décor. For a formal tone, layer table overlays, runners, placemats and napkins in shades of white and ivory; achieve a more casual feel by mixing bright colors. Save on expenses by using linen rentals oahu rather than buying what you need. Top linens with appropriate table settings: fine china looks elegant and traditional, heavier stoneware and chip-resistant resin dishes are better for larger crowds and children. Sturdy stemware goblets can be used for water, wine and beer.
Set the Scene
Don’t stop once the tables are set. If the party is outdoors and inclement weather is predicted, erect a tent or cabana with fabric walls that will protect partiers from the elements. Provide seating areas in addition to the dining tables and add pillows that coordinate with the linens for a cohesive look. Round out the décor with lighting, props, planters and furniture. If children will be attending, designate a game station with ping pong table (post a quick rules guide to avoid arguments) and an oversize block stacking game.
Set the Tenor
Now that your home or yard looks great, make sure it sounds, smells and tastes great too. During the arrival phase of the event, play upbeat music at moderate levels while you serve soft drinks and light appetizers. Dinner music should be instrumental selections played softly to encourage dinner conversation. Regarding the meal, don’t make an entire feast from scratch—prepare two family recipes yourself and purchase other parts of the meal from your local grocer or have a potluck where attendees can contribute their favorite dish. Remember the goal is fellowship and fun; if everyone leaves smiling, you have hosted the perfect party.