After looking at Wichita homes for sale, you finally found the one. Now, you're moving in and planning for the next couple of months, which will include the holiday season. Are you starting to imagine your whole family gathered in your dining room, enjoying a holiday party together? Hosting such a party can be one of the ultimate joys of homeownership. However, if you're like many new homeowners, you could probably benefit from a few helpful tips for holiday hosting.
- Ask Everyone to Bring a Dish
Cooking an entire meal, including sides and desserts, can be time-consuming, especially during the holiday season when you have so much going on. Lighten your load by asking each guest to bring a dish to share.
Decide on the main dish, and tell your guests what that main dish will be. This way, they can bring sides to complement it. To ensure you end up with a good balance of dishes, consider assigning each guest a dish category. For example, you could ask your mother to bring dessert and your sister to bring a salad.
- Open Up Your Space
If your home has an open floor plan, you already have a head start on this one. Regardless of your home's layout, consider moving some furniture to the side to create more standing room in your dining and living rooms. Also,, put away big, bulky items, such as bean bag chairs and sculptures. This way, guests won't be tripping over things as they gather together.
- Keep Decorations Simple
Too many decorations may make your space appear cluttered. A few simple decorations, such as colorful bows on the backs of chairs and garland across the mantel, will go a long way.
If you recently moved into your home, you may not have a huge budget for decorations. Avoid overspending by taking a DIY approach. Some cardboard boxes wrapped in gift wrap and topped with bows can look lovely stacked in a corner. Trim some branches off an evergreen tree in your yard to make your own wreath. Or, create a cute centerpiece with the holiday mugs you've had in the back of your cupboard for years.
- Offer Non-Alcoholic Drinks
For some, alcoholic drinks are an essential part of the holidays. But not everyone wants to drink alcohol. Make sure you offer some tasty, non-alcoholic options for the non-drinkers in the crowd.
To make an easy, holiday "mocktail," combine 2 cups each of cranberry juice, orange juice, and lemon-lime soda on a pitcher. Add a few mandarin orange slices, fresh cranberries, and plenty of ice. Served in low-ball glasses with orange slices on the rim, this drink is a true crowd-pleaser.
- Consider a Gift Exchange
Make sure you discuss the plan for gifts before your party. You don't want guests to feel obligated to bring gifts, and others to feel awkward if they don't. If you have a party-wide gift exchange, this will set expectations and help everyone feel more comfortable around gift-giving.
You can play many games as a part of your gift exchange. You could play Bingo, with people choosing a gift as they win. Or, play musical chairs—but with presents. Set a spending limit ahead of time, and remember: Gifts don't have to be expensive to be meaningful.
We hope these tips serve you well this holiday season. If you're still looking for a new home, contact us soon. Our real estate agents will help you find the perfect place for the holidays.