I really enjoy holiday entertaining. Do you? Many years ago, we hosted a big Christmas party in our old house with over 100 of our friends and family. Our 100 year old English Tudor was the perfect home for entertaining. It was big big big, lots of space for people to meander and enjoy getting to know each other.
We had food set up in our dining room, drinks in our kitchen and hors d’oeuvres set up in our living room. The baby grand player piano filled the house with Christmas music and set the festive tone for the party.We even had five bathrooms so no one ever had to wait to use our powder room! We had such fun and remember that party fondly, as it was the last Christmas in our big house!
But you know what?
We’ve hosted parties over the years in our less than charming 800 square foot condo when we were first married (and we just shoved our laundry in the closet to make room for guests to use our one and only bathroom), and our 1200 square foot tiny English cottage and our 2200 square foot home, too. And I remember parties in each of those houses with many of the same fond memories.
No matter what size of home we had or how lovely our home was, or was not, at the time, we always enjoyed inviting people over and providing a nice setting for a holiday party. It wasn’t about showing off our home or impressing people with our party giving skills, it was just fun to treat our guests to a special evening. It is our love language, I guess … we really love to create a comfortable space for people to be together for a party.
Here are my 7 top must-haves for holiday entertaining:
- A reasonably clean house so people feel comfortable (for sure in the powder room and party areas of the house!).
- Candles for ambience and a fresh, but not overpowering, scent.
- Soft but festive music to fill in the lulls in conversation and set the fun tone for the party.
- Places for people to sit (even if I have to put pillows on the floor).
- Surfaces available to set down drinks or plates.
- A few topics of conversation at the ready, in case things seem sluggish or awkwardly quiet.
- A manageable plan for preparing and serving food and drinks, so I don’t have to stress out right before or during the party.
And let’s be honest. If I could have a few more ‘must haves,’ wouldn’t I want a beautiful new KitchenAid stand and hand mixer, a $100 Pottery Barn gift card and a pretty new holiday apron from The Hip Hostess?
Of course I would.
And because I adore YOU all so much, Sandy one of my BFF’s from the awesome blog Reluctant Entertainer and I have put together a fun Holiday Entertaining giveaway for one lucky winner! See that graphic, above? We have awesome prizes from Kitchen Aid and The Hip Hostess and a Pottery Barn gift card (from us!) to give one lucky winner a fun pre-holiday shopping spree so you’ll feel prepared for entertaining.
How do you enter?
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on each of our Holiday Entertaining posts, Reluctant Entertainer and The Inspired Room. And once you’ve done that, you just confirm your entry is recorded by answering the question in our handy dandy Rafflecopter gizmo, below, or on Sandy’s blog, acknowledging that you answered the question on both blogs! That’s it! If this is your first time using Rafflecopter, don’t worry! It’s easy! Just sign in and follow the instructions for each step.
If you want extra chances of winning (you do, right?), you can FOLLOW the Pinterest board Sandy and I set up for Holiday Entertaining and Recipes! We’ll both be adding fun things to the board to inspire you for holiday entertaining, so if you are on Pinterest, you can see all our pins by following the board! You can also LIKE our pages on Facebook and tweet about the giveaway. All those options are in Rafflecopter!!
So, go ahead and start entering with Rafflecopter!
Do you like to entertain around the holidays?
What keeps you from enjoying entertaining, if you don’t like it?
You only need to confirm your entry info in Rafflecopter one time on either blog (not on both blogs.). All entries are collected in Rafflecopter no matter which site you enter on — the only real requirement is that you have left a comment on both blogs! This giveaway is open to citizens with a U.S. address.
Good luck! The giveaway ends this Sunday at 12:01AM and the winner will be announced on both blogs by Tuesday.