Be a Dream Host: Throw the Perfect Holiday Party

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By Megan Koester

Throwing a great party around the holidays can be, to put it mildly, stressful. The pressure of trying to be a dream host is enough to drive anyone crazy. But this year, buying the accessories, supplies, and decorations necessary to dazzle your guests only takes a few quick clicks of the mouse. Here’s what you’ll need to put on a beautiful bash.

Decor

Want to be a dream host? It’s all in the details. A lit wreath on a front door screams: “The holiday party is in here!” Augmenting your normal decor with accents like candles, throw pillows, and figurines that reflect the time of the season will create a warm and friendly environment for your guests and get you in the holiday spirit before your party even begins.

Catering

Love it or loathe it, cooking is an integral part of any holiday party. No one ever said you had to be the one to slave over a hot stove, though. Want to take a break from the kitchen this year? Let someone else do it! Order some gourmet appetizers, and all you have to do is heat and serve. And if you forget to mention that you bought them instead of making them yourself, who’s going to tell? You’ll save time and still look like a dream host in front of all your friends.

Tableware

Eating and drinking are always the best parts of any holiday party, which means most of the action will take place around your dining room table. Be a true dream host and plan accordingly—make sure it’s decked out to the nines. If you’re having a sit-down dinner party, don’t forget to pick up a festive tablecloth, place mats, napkins, plates, and place card holders. Just having hors d’oeurves? Place them around the room on cake pedestals, display trays, and tiered servers. And no matter what, don’t forget the candlesticks!

Flowers

You’ve set your table and you’re almost done, but not quite. Just one more step will make your transformation into a dream host complete—a centerpiece. Indeed, no great table is complete without a festive, fragrant centerpiece with evergreen foliage. Order a holiday-themed centerpiece online and have it delivered to your home the day of your party in order to ensure peak freshness. Everyone will know it’s a Christmas party before they even open their eyes!

Get a lit wreath from Birch Lane to get the party started:

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