Around the House
There are lots of ways to turn your house or apartment into a merry and inviting place for guests. The first step: cleaning up. While it’s tempting to do a full spring cleaning in December, the truth is you can get away with a quick tidying-up of the rooms you know will be most used, like the kitchen, bathroom, and common areas. Simply close off doors to rooms you don’t want guests to enter. If you’re expecting a lot of guests, rent a coat rack or set up an area outside of a bedroom for guests to leave their coats.
As for party décor, save time by shopping online for any decorations, silverware, and place settings you’ll need. Transform a clear cake stand into a striking centerpiece by filling it with acorns, pinecones, or any other type of festive items. Repurpose Christmas ornaments by turning them into napkin holders – simply place the napkin through the hanging loop. If you’re having a sit-down dinner, do a dry run of place settings a day or so beforehand. Not only will you know just how the table will look, but also if a guest offers help you’ll know exactly what to tell them.