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Top tips for making holiday entertaining a breeze

‘Tis the season to make merry with your nearest and dearest. If you’re looking forward to hosting a special holiday celebration, we have some recommendations to help ensure the big event runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re an avid entertainer or new to the game, the following tips are helpful to keep in mind as you plan your next soirée.

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Set the scene and curate a considered space for guests to enjoy: During the Christmas season, we recommend adding greenery to your interiors with accessories such as garlands, wreaths, and other winter foliage. Capture the warmth and magic of this time of year with sparkling fairy lights and the soft glow of candlelight. Ensure each room is well equipped with any amenities guests may find useful.


While the above may provide the perfect finishing touches to your interiors, a stylish room requires a beautiful backdrop. Now is the perfect time to give walls and woodwork some TLC and make sure they’re in top shape. Whether you’re thinking about taking the plunge with an exciting new colour, or simply want to make some minor touch ups, Crown has the product for you. View our shades here.

Prepare food ahead of time and keep things simple: You’ll want to enjoy your time with friends and family, and having to worry about the food can detract from that. Stick with simple, hearty favourites that can be made beforehand and effortlessly reheated whenever it’s time. Lasagne, pies, casseroles and quiches all work particularly well for this. A slow cooker meal is also another great option.

Allow for self-service wherever possible: There’s no need to be waiting on your guests hand and foot all evening— they’re there to spend time with you, and you’ll also want to be sure to fully enjoy your fabulous party! Guests will be happy to help themselves if given the opportunity. A buffet dinner service, a make-your-own-drinks cocktail area, and a dessert bar are all wise options for easy, breezy hosting.

Plan a few fun activities: Activities are a great way to inject some fun, get guests relaxed with one another, and get those in attendance acquainted with one another. Beloved party games like 20 questions, Charades, Heads Up, Cards Against Humanity, and Pictionary are some fantastic options to loosen up the group, get people talking and keep guests busy.

Create your own Xmas ‘photobooth’: In today’s digital age, it seems like everyone is searching for an Instagram-worthy background for their next best shot. As an expert host, you know it’s best to give the people what they want! Let their social media personas have some fun by creating a Christmas-themed photo area, complete with props. Why not have a competition for best photo?

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The above tips will get you prepared for hosting a very special holiday soirée. For more design inspiration and decorating advice, be sure to visit our blog or call into your local Crown retailer.


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