Holiday Hosting Hacks

Inviting your friends and family to your home is one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season. From preparing place settings in the dining room to starting a fire in the living room, a lot goes into putting these parties together. Throwing a party doesn't have to be stressful for you. Want to throw the party and still enjoy the holidays? Let us help with Sarsen holiday party hacks! 

Don't make decorating too complicated
Decorating doesn't have to be difficult, and it doesn't have to break the bank. When putting together your decorations, keep a theme Whether it's a color scheme, a seasonal fruit, or even a holiday song, choosing one design element to lead the rest will create cohesion throughout your event. For example, If you keep a theme of pinecones, use a tablecloth with its pattern, have some scented throughout the party, and more. Use what you have- it is easiest to reuse your items and spice up your decorating each time.
Don't spread yourself too thin 
Once you send your invitation to friends and family for the holiday party you're hosting, chances are they'll be asking how they can help. Don't be afraid to accept the offers. Whether it's your in-laws asking to bring a dessert or your best friend's offer to arrive early to help you set up, take on the help. You could also consider hiring outside help, for example, a cleaning crew or catering service to drop off some food. Being open to an extra pair of hands will help you relax and enjoy the party much more. Prepare some of your food and other party necessities in advance so you aren't scrambling around the day of. Being one step ahead of your party will help you in the long run. Ask friends and Family to RSVP so you can get ready for them accordingly. No need to scramble the day of when hearing more people are coming than expected. 
Be mindful of how you set up your home for the party. Know that where you place your food, will be where your guests will gather together. Keep space for yourself in the kitchen and move the food aside. Leave appetizers and other little bites where you would like most of the action to be, this likely being your living room area. For the best flow of a party spread them out throughout a few rooms where people can socialize. Also be mindful of where you keep trash to make cleaning much easier, placing small waste cans throughout the party will make it easier on you in the end. They can be placed by the buffet, by the bar, and always in the restroom. 

Keep the music going
Remember to play some music in the background of your holiday party to enhance the festive and friendly mood. Setting up a speaker and playing some music makes it easier to socialize when there are a bunch of other conversations going on. If you're looking for holiday-themed songs, or not, you can use an app like Spotify, YouTube, and Pandora to play a fitting playlist. When setting up a playlist beforehand you don't have to think about what to play.