How to Host the Perfect Holiday Get Together

October 14, 2022

Settle into the holiday season by hosting a dinner party for friends and family. The perfect opportunity to kick off the season of giving, hosting can help bring friends and family together after a long year.

Whether you’re throwing a big holiday party or a small get together, there’s always some new tips and tricks to help elevate your hosting skills and create a memorable evening for friends and family.

Thanksgiving themed place setting

Make Your Space More Inviting

Be mindful when setting up your space! All too often we find ourselves wrapped up in the TV rather than enjoying the company of our loved ones. Avoid seating that solely faces the TV or closes off your guests from one another.

Instead, rearrange your furniture and add additional seating to encourage conversation amongst friends and family. Place chairs opposite the sofa or even add seating around smaller tables.

Create a Theme

Pick a theme to help set the tone for your gathering. Utilize supplies you might already have such as nice dinnerware, holiday cards or indoor plants to make your home feel more festive.

Once you know what you’re missing, you can go out and hunt for some décor to complete your holiday theme. Try adding garlands, candles or flowers as your centerpiece. Not sure what you’re missing? Check out Wish Park City for high-quality party decorations guaranteed to make your party one to remember.

Cook Your Favorite Meal – or Order In!

Prepare your favorite holiday meals, try a potluck style dinner or have a local restaurant cater. Although cooking for friends and family can be extremely rewarding, having everyone contribute by bringing one of their holiday favorites can help relieve some stress when it comes to planning.

If you decide to go the catering route, try Salt Box, a local eatery and catering business perfect for larger events with a variety of dinner options. Or, take a look at Savoury Kitchen, another Park City favorite for all your catering needs.

Provide Entertainment for Your Guests

Entertain your guests by providing some classic party games like charades, Pictionary, cards or quick board games to help break the ice. You could also plan a game fit for the whole party: try organizing a game of ‘guess who’ where each guest is assigned a secret identity printed on a tag. Each person must guess who they are with the assistance of others.

Whatever you decide, having some ice breakers set up can help your guests get to know one another and feel more at home.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help!

Hosting can be a lot of work for one person. Chances are that after you send out the invites, people will offer to help contribute to the gathering. Alleviate stress by accepting offers to help or invite guests to contribute by bringing their favorite holiday dish. Delegating different tasks will allow you to focus on setting up your space for all to enjoy.

The holidays are all about giving back, so consider letting your guests help you make your holiday get together one to remember.

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