Simple tips for hosting a great holiday party with Jill from Set Forth In Style!
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year! A time for joy and laughter and being with loved ones and friends. A time to reflect and be thankful, and to celebrate whatever faith you may celebrate. I love hosting people at my house, mostly because most of my family lives a bit of a drive away and I’d rather cook than drive, but that’s another story.
Have you ever hosted a holiday party? Is it your turn this year and you’re freaking out? Well, don’t. Take a deep breath and keep reading, because you have help! Jill from Set Forth in Style is here today, and we are going to help you host your perfect holiday party!
Here are a few ground rules from her:
No one likes to be bored at party…well, at least I don’t! One sure fire way to keep your guests from having a terrible timeis to plan some entertainment. Whether you play a cardgame or create a dance floor, it is important to keep yourguests smiling, laughing and having a good time. For a holiday party, I think music is very important. It’s notreally a holiday party without Mariah Carey’s”All I Want For Christmas Is You”playing in the background. I love creating playlists and I’ve created one to share with y’all on 8tracks! Another great way to keep the mood lively is to play a game! Last year during our annual girl’s white elephant party we played the game Heads Up! If you are a fan of the Ellen show, then you have seen her play this game with her guests. You can download it for your iPhone or iPad here. I’ve also found a similar app here that has more holiday categories. This game is so much fun and will keep your guests engaged.
Food is one of the most important things at your party. People always gravitate toward food, so if you want a holiday party to remember, make sure you have good food. If you aren’t hosting a dinner, make sure you at least have snacks. And no, not a veggie tray and cheddar cubes you bought at the store.
I recommend at least one meat-centered item, one veggie-centered item, and definitely something cheese-related for the savory foods. A charcuterie board makes it easy to not have to keep food hot, although meatballs are always a hit as well. For veggies, aim for a variety of colors and at least two types of dip. Or you could make a dip out of veggies, like my Hot Broccoli Dip. For the cheese, go with something sophisticated that combines fruit and a good quality cheese, like these Pear and Blue Crostini Bites (See recipe below). Here are some other easy appetizers.
As a side note: Have something for everyone. You will always have somebody who is vegetarian or gluten intolerant, or allergic to nuts. It’s nice to have something for everyone to eat. You don’t want hangry (or too drunk) guests .
Drinks Arguably the other most important part of the party. At minimum, you should have a red and white wine, and a light and heavy beer. Champagne is also encouraged. An open bar is not advised unless you want people over until 4am and you have a clean-up crew the next morning. Also an unlimited budget helps for this option.
A specialty cocktail is nice to have but not required. Try this Apple Cider Sangria for a festive holiday cocktail!
Ok, party people, time to set forth in confidence to host a great holiday party. You’ve totally got this!
Delicious pear and blue cheese crostini with a drizzle of honey make delicious party appetizers!
- 1 baguette, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 pear, sliced thinly
- Lemon juice
- 1 oz creamy blue cheese
- 12 pieces arugula
- Heat oven to 350° F. Place sliced bread in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Toast until slightly golden, about 10 minutes, watching carefully.
- Meanwhile, core and slice pear into very thin pieces. Coat with fresh lemon juice to keep from browning.
- Once bread is toasted, spread each piece with a small smear of blue cheese. Top with 1 piece of arugula, 1 pear slice, and drizzle lightly with honey.