By Drew Knight
If you’re a new homeowner, it’s highly likely all your friends and family are anxiously awaiting their invitations for the holiday party at your new home. If you’re thinking of obliging them, it’s also highly likely that you’re waiting in anxious anticipation as well, but for different reasons.
Calm down. A simple holiday party is nothing to sweat about, even if you are a first-time homeowner. In fact, it might just be prime time to hike up your grown-up pants and show everyone you’re killing it in the real world with a perfectly hosted holiday festivity.
Without further ado, here’s a quick guide containing all the holiday entertaining essentials for your new home. Welcome to adulthood, it’s a party!
The first step in throwing a successful holiday party is to make sure you have a decoration plan in place.
As you’ve probably just bought a new home, it’s likely you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a professional decorator. But that’s okay, DIY can be easy as pie.
For starters, HGTV suggests deciding on a color scheme of just two or three colors. Doing so allows for a quick and easy shopping experience.
Next, decide on decoration ideas. We suggest browsing through home-centric magazines and their online sites. We’ll make it easy by suggesting these inspiring ideas from Midwest Living and House Beautiful.
Once a decorating plan is put into place, it’s time to move on to the most important part of the party: the food.
If you haven’t yet mastered the culinary arts, it may be time to admit defeat and order catering or buy pre-pared dishes and desserts from the market. This will allow you plenty of time to prepare your home for your guests, and you won’t have to worry about burning the turkey.
However, if you’re ready to go all out with the food, there are many great resources and guides to walk you step by step through the cooking process. For instance Real Simple offers this step-by-step guide for Thanksgiving dinner, and The Guardian offers this guide for Christmas. Additionally, many magazines offer special sections for holiday cooking — a quick Google search can get you on your way in no time.
3. Table Setting
Next, turn that food into a feast by planning out a holiday table setting.
Go back to that color scheme you decided upon earlier and borrow upon your decorating ideas to truly celebrate the holidays. And if you’ve never seen a holiday table setting before, browse these ideas from House Beautiful and Country Living.
Depending on your level of sophistication for this holiday party, you might also want to consider the china and silverware. If you don’t have any pieces that fit your theme, did you know holiday dinnerware could be rented? You’ll likely save money by not having to rush out and buy all the materials, plus you won’t have to store it for next year.
And don’t forget the napkins! A little fancy folding will be a fine final touch to any table setting. Better Homes and Gardens can show you a few ideas, and even walk you through the folding process!
4. Holiday Spirits
Finally, close out your holiday party with some great holiday spirit – the liquid kind!
Throw in some holiday tumblers, a decorated serving tray or bar cart and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded holiday party! Just don’t forget to have some fun.
And if the kids need some entertainment too, here are some fun holiday game ideas for them from Real Simple.
Drew Knight is a Digital Content Associate for New Home Source.