We spend so much time curating and making our spaces just right, don’t we? And yet if you’re like me, you’re not entertaining nearly enough. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to show off your space, enjoy the company of friends, and not get too caught up in the details.
The holiday season is known as the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also make you nervous to throw a casual gathering of friends — it’s easy to feel as though there’s extra pressure to get everything just right. That everyone’s schedules are too precious for a get together that’s less than spectacular.
For the holidays and all of the days, this isn’t actually the case. The best gatherings are those with good kin and happy spirits (both the drinks and the emotions). So get a date on the calendar, pick out a simple menu, and get ready for an evening of fun with friends.
Here are a few tips for entertaining in your home.
1. Don’t get bogged down by cleaning
The thought of cleaning alone can be enough to extinguish your party planning. Thankfully, a clean home doesn’t have to mean spending hours scrubbing your floors. Here’s what we do: Wipe down the surfaces that people will see and use, like tabletops. Dust anything at eye-level — think mantels and bookshelves. And get rid of any cobwebs in the corners or dust bunnies on the floor.
The one place you want to spend some time getting your clean on is in the bathroom. Guests are more likely to notice details (like dirt!) when they’re alone in a space. And, come on, you know your bathroom could use it anyway.
2. Turn down the lights, and up the music.
Good ambiance is always important, and so easy to get right this time of year as it’s already dark long before evening gatherings. When it comes to lighting up your party, choose anything but overhead lighting sources — table and floor lamps, string lights, and candles are perfect for this. It’ll feel more relaxing for the guests, and hide the cleaning that got skipped over.
As for music, choose a station off of your favorite music streaming service and let it play DJ all night. Begin with the music at a comfortable volume, then continue to turn it down and let it serve as a background as more guests show up. Do the opposite and you’re at risk of guests shouting over the tunes.