Everything you need to be the perfect host this holiday season!
Don’t panic if you haven’t had the time to decorate for the big day. You can ask your guests to bring a decoration to put up when they arrive, or check Kijiji for ornaments, wreaths or ribbons. We’re always open! Children can also make decorations for the occasion. Not only will you save time, but the activity will keep everyone busy early in the evening.
Select a place for each guest in advance to avoid confusion at the table when the meal is ready to be served. To spruce up each place setting, write guests’ names on something like chalk on slate, decorate place cards with a branch of rosemary, or personalize ornaments with the names of each guest. Have a little time and imagination? The possibilities are endless!
A cocktail bar
To avoid serving drinks throughout the evening, create a self-serve cocktail and refreshment bar. Guests will be able to make their own cocktails with or without alcohol. A guaranteed hit! Ideally, the home bar should be installed near the refrigerator, where you’ll have a shelf reserved for items that need to be kept cold.
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Add fun accessories, such as colourful straws, and display a few basic cocktail recipes that everyone can easily make.
A children’s corner
Goodbye mess! Create a children’s corner in a bedroom, for example, or playroom. The rule? The toys stay there and don’t scatter around the house. Set up a small craft area, offer a selection of Christmas movies, and even create a candy bar to appeal to their sweet tooth.
Lights in mason jars
To depart from traditional candles, which you have to keep your eye on, place small battery operated lights in mason jars. The effect is trendy and will make all the difference to your decor.
Offer your guests a small notebook containing the star recipes of the evening – your famous walnut brownies, the traditional family pie, and even the children’s gingerbread cookies. It’s a practical little idea that will surprise and please everyone!
To avoid having to prepare, put back, and clean up everything yourself, why not assign each guest a little task for the evening? They could help clear the table, for example, make coffee, do the dishes, or even play the role of Santa Claus. Don’t be embarrassed about delegating. People will want to help make the evening a success!
Above all, stay zen. Put all the right elements in place – all of which you’ll find right on Kijiji – and enjoy!