The Holiday Hosting Guide: Tricks, Tips, and Inspiration

Something we love most about this time of year is all of the festive gatherings we get to enjoy with family and friends.  And with just a couple weeks left until Christmas, we decided to put together a holiday hosting guide, featuring some of our most helpful posts for hosting a holiday gathering. Check out our list of DIYs, tips and tricks, inspirational posts and more below, and let the festivities begin!

Find a look you love 

Setting up for your holiday party is a lot easier when you have a look or theme in mind. So we encourage you to flip through magazines, browse Pinterest, and check out our holiday blogs post for inspiration! Start by checking out these 5 Modern Christmas Tablescapes — each is beautifully designed and is perfect for finding a holiday party look.

Learn to set the table properly 

A properly set table is always a nice touch, and this simple guide to proper table setting will have you holiday-hosting-ready in no time.

Add a little something special 

There are so many ways to make your home feel festive and one of our favorite ways is using ribbon candy as place card holders! It’s creative, fun, and oh-so-simple.

Get creative with hosting in a small space 

Want to host a holiday gathering but short on space? Use a bar cart! It’s perfect for setting up treats, drinks, and so many other fun things even in the smallest of homes.

DIY decor 

If you love to get crafty, then this DIY felt ornament lights garland is perfect for you! It’s easy to make and makes any space feel festive.

Make it a cookie exchange 

Make the party interactive by dubbing it a cookie exchange! Christmas cookies are a must this time of year and your guests will love to swap recipes and taste one another’s creations. We recently threw a cookie exchange of our own and have some great tips to share with you — so be sure to check out our original cookie exchange party post for details.

Serve up some festive treats 

Aside from cookies, there are plenty of other festive treats to enjoy this time of year. From peppermint bark to edible snow globes, we’ve rounded up 25 homemade Christmas treats to inspire you, so be sure to take a look at the list!

Include a hot cocoa bar

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without a nice cup of hot cocoa which is why we love the idea of including a gourmet hot cocoa bar at your holiday party! If you’d like to learn how to set up your own, be sure to take a look at our how-to tips.

Play some games 

Games always liven up a party, so we suggest including a few at your upcoming holiday event. To get you started, check out these 9 fun holiday-inspired games. Your guests are going to have so much fun!

Send guests home with a favor 

Sending guests home with favors is always a nice way to show appreciation. And with so many holiday favor options out there, we know that you can easily find something for everyone on your guest list! One of our favorite ideas? DIY pine scented candles. They are so easy to make and we love that they’re practical and smell amazing. Check out our original DIY candle favors post to learn how to make your own.

Are you hosting for the holidays this December? Can you think of more tips that you would like to share with us?