The holiday season is approaching and you’re thinking about giving a party.  We have put together a list of party tips that we think are some of the best.

  • Don’t spend all your time in the kitchen after your guests have arrived. Plan a menu that you can make in advance.
  • Don’t ask me why but some couples can get into a little “Mr. & Mrs.” before the party starts, and spend the evening being snarky to each other.  Needless to say, guests find this a bit distracting.  Bottom line – don’t bicker when the guests are there.
  • Don’t assume that everyone wants your cat jumping on their laps or your toddler putting her Tootsie Roll Pop on their purses.  Keep pet and child visits to a minimum.
  • Don’t let the cocktail hour become endless if it’s a dinner party.  People will eat too many hors d’oeuvres and drink too much.
  • Make sure your dishwasher is empty.
  • Music should be loud enough to hear but not prohibit conversation.  Create your own playlist or log onto Pandora.com.
  • Remember the non-drinkers.  Have juices, sodas or seltzer on hand.
  • Lower your light wattage a tad and put some battery-operated candles around for a softer look.
  • Keep centerpieces and table decorations either low or very high so they don’t create a barrier between guests.
  • Do you want guests to clear and serve?  Decide this before dinner begins.  One strategy is to ask a few people – family, for instance – to go to the kitchen, but ask everyone else to stay seated.
  • Have fun!  A relaxed host makes a fun party.