Stack dishware and layer with a fancy napkin. Adding a simple Christmas ornament will add a touch of visual happiness and extra Christmas spirit to your table.
1.Be ready for those pop in guests: It’s inevitable, over the holidays there will always be those few friends or family members who “pop-in” at the most unexpected time. Having a few items on hand for these surprise visits can turn a chaotic meeting(visit) into a fun spur of the moment gathering – for afternoon guests Keurig’s special edition gourmet single serve coffee maker is ideal (available at http://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/). Add gingerbread, sugar cookies or fruit cakes to the mix which can be stored in the fridge or freezer and warmed up when needed makes the perfect afternoon pairing.
2.Overnight Guest Check List: No matter how large or small your home is, setting up a space where out of town guests feel at home is essential. For small space living Modern Sensibility http://www.modernsensibility.com/ has stylish love seats that can transform into a double bed. Add some comfortable and cozy bedding from Bed Bath and Beyond, some fluffy towels and as an added luxury a basket filled with bathroom items and slippers is always a nice touch.
4.Stress Free-Holiday Party: Don’t become a slave at your own party. A few key pre-party set up tactics will ensure the hostess can enjoy the party as well. Set up an open bar. Offer guests a drink upon their arrival but once they are settled in, have a space where they can pick and choose their drink of choice. Pre-plan your menu. Have some simple appetizers and munchies that can be made ahead of time and refilled easily throughout the night. Set the right music. Sonos http://www.sonos.com/ offers wireless music that you can tailor to different rooms in your home. You can play holiday music as people enter your home but in the living room, you can play an (more upbeat music to get your guest dancing)entirely different genre. Great for the hostess and also makes a perfect holiday gift for the music lovers on your list.
5.Setting a holiday table: Another tradition in my family is a gorgeous holiday table for dinner. Again the key to de-stressing when it comes to a large family dinner is preparing in advance. I like to stick with white dishes and serving trays as they are timeless and versatile. Bed Bath and Beyond has a great collations called Everyday White Rim Dinnerware with pieces starting at $4.99. Sticking with white means you can accessories with beautiful napkins, table décor and candles to further set the mood. Again if small space living is your challenge, don't think that takes you out of the entertaining circle. Modern Sensibility has created a small foyer table (called the Campbell) that transforms into a full size table that seats 10 so you aren’t left out of the holiday entertaining mix!