Our Top 5 Tips to Make Holiday Hosting a Breeze!

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Our Top 5 Tips to Make Holiday Hosting a Breeze!
With Christmas just around the corner, and family and friends in town, hosting can feel like a daunting task. It’s easy to get caught up in small details, leaving you panicked and unprepared. Don’t worry… We compiled our top 5 tips on hosting this holiday season! 

From the food on the table to the clothes you wear, here are 5 tips to ensure that holiday hosting is a breeze!

1. The First Steps
When hosting any party, it is always crucial to plan ahead! Even if you find out the day of, having a game plan for your day alleviates any unnecessary stress that might come with hosting.
For example, if you don’t have a lot of food on hand, writing a quick budget and recipe can help you get shopping done quickly and efficiently. Writing a to-do list can also help you think through what needs to be done to plan for this event!
Another way that you can mitigate the stress of hosting is by inviting a friend over to help you! Dividing and conquering tasks helps SO MUCH in making hosting easier! It's an easy way to get more done, and is a great way to make fun memories! 
2. The Fit
With so many other things on your plate, the last thing you want to think about is what to wear. The worst feeling is rushing to your closet, and finding nothing to wear! You deserve to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes you wear, especially for a hosting event!
One of the best ways to do this is to keep it minimal! Carly loves wearing a festive and comfortable dress paired with the Hunter Denim Jacket and the Cash Boots! In this picture, Carly is wearing the Laurel Maxi Dress as her main piece! You can also go for a more casual look with a button down top and some comfy denim! With a flexible and minimal wardrobe, you can dress comfortably and confidently without giving your outfit a second thought!
3. The Food
The holiday dinner table isn’t complete without some delicious, family favorite dishes. However, cooking can go from fun to stressful real quick if the meals you prepare are time consuming or complicated! To avoid this problem, make sure you have a few yummy cookbooks on hand! She can choose her menu from a list of delicious and easy meals, that her guests will love! Click Here for some of Carly’s favorite cookbooks for simple and delicious meals!
4. The Feel
One of the most important details when hosting is making sure that your home is ready for guests!
The best way to decorate and prepare for guests is to appeal to the senses. Following this rule with some guidelines is a sure way to make sure your home is welcoming and inviting! 
First, make sure your home smells good!  Keep some yummy food on the stove to fill the house with flavor, and light some candles for extra scents and atmosphere! 
Second, give your guests food that tastes good! This ties in with the previous tip: make sure the food you cook is easy and delicious! + NEVER leave your guests hungry or thirsty. 
Third, create an environment that sounds good! Have a speaker with a relaxing or moody playlist in the back, setting a fun mood for the evening! 
And finally, make sure that your decor looks good! The table is the focal point of the event, so be sure to decorate with simple and charming decor!
To create a warm and welcoming environment at the table, style your table with festive leaves and candles! We love these two pieces because they are super easy to decorate with, and can be used after the holidays are over! You can also use center pieces like some natural wood or a table runner to add to the decor!
5. The Finishing Touches
In the end, it’s important to remember that this event isn’t going to be perfect! Don’t be hard on yourself if little details are missed, or if something went wrong! Your guests are showing up to make fun memories, enjoy the food you’ve created, and spend this holiday season with you! Do your best, enjoy the memories, and have fun! You’ve got this! 

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