It’s closer than you think! The season of overindulging and partying and hosting parties and overnight guests is upon us. From now until New Year’s StoneGable is one big party animal!!!! I love that everyone comes to our home to get together and celebrate so I need to be on top of my hostess game. Here are 5 things that help me be the hostess with the most-ess. And hopefully, they will help you too!
We have a great episode for you on Decorating Tips And Tricks. We are talking about HOW TO PREPARE FOR HOLIDAY GUESTS. My friends Anita, Kelly and I have tons of practical and genius ideas!!!!
You can listen to any and all DTT episodes HERE.
Here are some helpful tips for entertaining in all its forms and still remaining calm and sane!!!!
I have waited until the last minute to throw together a dinner party or prepare for weekend guests and I’m here to tell you as I live and breathe… DON’T DO IT!!!!! You can do better than that! And waiting to plan an event, even a small one, will make you cranky and stressed!
If you want everyone to have a lovely, memorable time and that includes you too, you will want to plan and plan early!
Now is not too early to plan those fall birthday parties, Halloween party (actually you better get moving on this one), Thanksgiving, Holiday get-togethers, Christmas and Thanksgiving guests etc. You get the picture!
Make lists and follow through is my best advice. My sister-in-law Sue is a great party giver and a fun hostess when we stay for the weekend. She has those old fashioned composition books filled with guest lists and every meal she made along with recipes and notes for every party and get together she has ever thrown. A-MAZING!!! It is a treasure trove of the best of the best ideas!!!
I plan and keep all my notes Evernote (app) or even Google Docs so I have them handy all the time!
Whatever you do this holiday season… plan!!!
LET SOMEONE ELSE DO YOUR BIG ORDER SHOPPING
I’m an Amazon Prime member and I use Amazon Fresh regularly. I order most of my groceries online and they show up at my door two days later! How fabulous is that!
My only regret is that I did not start doing this earlier! When I’m planning for my weekly dinner menus or for a party I shop Amazon Fresh. My time is too valuable and short to go grocery shopping. For a nominal monthly fee, I get my grocery shopping done in record time!
Even if you don’t want to use Amazon Fresh all year long using it over the Holidays might be a real smart thing to do!
You can find Amazon Fresh at Amazon.com… and no, I’m not getting paid for this shout-out! I just LOVE this Amazon service!
START A CLEANING SCHEDULE NOW
One of the biggest things to do when hosting guests is to clean and organize your home. I say start now to clean and organize it right now and then get on a routine for cleaning and for organizing daily! Not only will you have a fabulously clean house but you will not have to run around cleaning and tossing things in closets and under beds before guests come. How exhausting!
Why not LIVE IN a company ready home?
One of my most popular posts is CLEAN YOUR HOME IN 30 MINUTES A DAY. And it works!!!! Cleaning is a discipline and must become part of your daily life. But we’re not talking hours a day… only 30 minutes. You can do that?
I also have a few great ways to organize your life at the bottom of this post I know will help.
When those holiday events at your house roll around you will be able to throw your door open and greet your guests knowing your home is clean and tidy!!!!
One of the best things to do when hosting a party is to have help. My mom loves to help me during a party and I also hire a young girl or two to give me an energetic hand. They love learning and practicing how to be a good hostess
I’ve also found a fabulous friend/assistant/party helper/cook/clean-upper! She really will do it all! And she is worth her weight in gold! Find your own “Katie” and it will make your life so much better by knowing her!
If a guest offers to help say YES for heaven’s sake!!!!! People love to help!!!
I also hire help to clean up after big, big parties. This is invaluable to me!!!
If you don’t have a few extra $$ in the budget for help how about helping a friend with a holiday party in exchange for her helping you?
What we can handle other times of the year become more difficult during the holidays. Time is at a premium and there is way more to do than that precious commodity will allow! So things like parties and weekend guest I would normally handle myself call for a little help from a friend or two!
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Don’t make YOU an afterthought. If you like getting a mani and pedi then schedule one. If a massage before a hectic week of guest and gatherings will relax you, do it!!! Get your hair trimmed or colored or both! And don’t skip the Bible study you love or that weekly meeting with friends because you have too much to do!
Know ahead of time what you will wear and make sure it’s in tip-top condition! Put yourself together as if you were attending someone else’s party!
Eat well and wisely, drink lots of water and stay away of over imbibing. Keep up your daily or weekly exercise schedule. These things are so so important to keep you, the hostess, happy and strong!
If you feel less than wonderful it’s hard to make others feel important and special and welcomed and loved.
There you have it!!! The 5 things I do to be a savvy hostess! I hope they will help you over the busy holiday season!
I want to leave you with these little thoughts. Tuck them away in your mind and remember them when you have guests. They are little sayings that have served me well over the years. “People are more important than things” and “Loving hospitality is what my guests deserve”!
Here’s to a happy, healthy and joyful holiday season and being a sparkling hostess!
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