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DFW Hosting Tips for the Holidays

Posted by Katy Golden

Nov 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Discover fantastic ways to be the perfect host for family and friends during the holidays!

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Thanksgiving is only a few short days away, and there will be plenty to give thanks for. Some people will be spending the holiday season hosting, which is a wonderful opportunity to make friends and family feel special and welcomed into your home, but it’s also a major stressor as the holidays seem to creep up so quickly and there are plenty of last-minute details that can be forgotten in the haste of the holiday season. If you’re looking for ways to make your year to host the holidays the best one yet, read on to discover our list of hosting tips for the holidays!

Decorating

Focus on decorating the table for Thanksgiving and the living room for Christmas (or wherever you put your tree). If you’re going for something traditional, consider sticking to a simple theme like just leaves or just pumpkins. To give your home a professionally-decorated touch without the extra effort, focus on simplifying holiday hues. For a time-saving, chic look, use just two or three colors. For example, gold and red or silver and purple are timeless pairings that will transform your party into an elegant affair. Add a festive flair to your decor. Make your mantel a fun focal point by covering it in photos of the family and sticking to your theme. Candlesticks caked in wax from your last hosting gig? They look homey and warm at Thanksgiving! Finally, don’t forget your front door! A perfectly placed holiday wreath will make your home feel extremely welcoming to all of your holiday guests!

Cooking

Nail down your menu must-haves, and me sure to plan and prepare for Thanksgiving Dinner in advance. Write out your cooking schedule and timetable. Indicate which dishes you can make ahead and which ones need to be cooked last-minute. Do your grocery shopping well in advance and prepare your recipes for any family members who will be assisting you as you cook! While the star of the meal on Thanksgiving is a no-brainer, side dishes are what make Thanksgiving what it is today. To keep your guests from starving while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking, consider putting out appetizers that are easy on you but don’t compromise taste. For example, you can set out a cheese spread with a crudité plate and a variety of chips or flat breads. It might even be a good idea to set out multiple appetizer stations so people don’t congregate in the kitchen or create a blockade to the bathroom.  After the big meal, wow your guests with an incredibly decadent dessert table!  Instead of fussing with multiple liquors and mixers, plan a punch-bowl cocktail and spare everyone the decision-making stress. Keep the drinks and desserts in theme with the holiday- pumpkin pie for thanksgiving and spiked eggnog for Christmas! As a final note, if you’re trying to be health-conscious for the holidays, there are plenty of recipes out there that are still delicious but half the calories!

Essentials & Amenities

Be sure to stock up on essentials, including bedding and bath items. Take inventory of your daily essentials to ensure that you have adequate stock of toilet paper, face tissue, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and blankets. You can buy paper products in bulk, or stock up when your grocer puts them on sale. If you don't own enough towels to accommodate the number of guests you expect, buy extras. Finally, purchase some extra blankets that will be sure to be appreciated by guests. Also, don’t forget to provide some amenities! While most guests will bring their own toiletries, it's a nice gesture to have shampoo, conditioner and body wash on hand.

Entertaining

If you want to keep your guests entertained, be sure to have games ready to go. Avoid spending too much money on activities and dining out by having plenty of games available to combat periods of ennui. Games are a fun way to enjoy each other's company and can be as easy and cheap as downloading free or inexpensive apps to your smartphone or looking up interesting and fun card games! Pull out your old domino set or have the kids play twister for a while. Everyone is sure to have a fantastic time when battling each other for the title of winner! If you’d like to do something extra once the turkey has been eaten and everyone has played plenty of games, consider booking a Christmas light tour with Premier! The holidays are when you should be spending time with family and friends, so take a small break from hosting everything and tour some of the most gorgeously lit parts of DFW on a holiday light tour. The kids and grandparents alike are sure to be entertained and amazed by the gorgeous light displays scattered all over DFW. Premier Transportation can provide vehicles large enough to accommodate even the biggest of families so everyone can enjoy the holiday lights together and sip hot chocolate as they watch some of the coolest displays around!

Airport Pickups

Another great way to relieve stress and still be a fantastic host is to have your guests picked up at the airport by a fantastic DFW transportation company. Don’t worry about making it to the airport through traffic, or struggling to track flights to determine the exact time your guests will land. Hand over that responsibility to a company like Premier Transportation, which has been providing safe and luxurious transportation to and from DFW airports for over two decades. Your guests are sure to appreciate chauffeurs who assist with their luggage, and escort them to their destinations in elegant vehicles.

If you’re interested in a holiday light tour or in having the grandparents picked up from the airport, be sure to click on the button below to receive your FREE quote today! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays, and whether you’re hosting or visiting, we here at Premier wish you the very best!

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