One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is getting together with friends and family, and hosting a holiday dinner party is the perfect excuse for an evening of cheer.
While it may seem stressful to some, especially those who aren’t as comfortable in the kitchen (I’m raising both hands), there are plenty of ways to create a simple holiday party, be it for a full course dinner menu, or a night of finger foods and games.
Tips for Hosting a Holiday Dinner Party
Opt for a natural table setting
Picking up a few kinds of greenery is a really simple and affordable way to add color to your tablescape. I love a few branches of eucalyptus or boxwood casually strewn across a holiday table. Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to find pretty florals and they can be found at very reasonable price points. Utilize items that you have on hand by adding a centerpiece of cookies or a few tall candles.
Make a holiday dinner party playlist
Sometimes parties can start out slow until guests get into the swing of things. Having some background music playing is a great way to prevent any awkward silences, and will also get everyone into the holiday spirit. I may be an 80-year-old woman at heart, but one of my favorite holiday albums is Kenny G’s The Greatest Holiday Classics. To this day, my Dad will play this around our home during the Christmas season, and I will forever love it.
Prep ahead a cheese platter and small finger foods.
Preparing as much ahead of time as you can is key, and a simple meat and cheese platter is a great place to start. You can arrange your items, adding in a few sprigs of rosemary for garnish, and then cover in saran wrap until it’s time for guests to arrive.
I usually do similar things with small dishes of chocolates, dried fruits, and nuts. This way, as guests begin to arrive, you can simply remove the saran and they can enjoy appetizers while they settle in.
…and this goes without saying…
Be sure to fully stock your wine and liquor cabinets for the party. As guests arrive, be sure to offer them a drink (even if that means water). Greeting your guests and making everyone feel comfortable should be your number one priority as a hostess, so keep that in mind!