The Holidays are among us, which means enjoying “Silent Nights” in 😉 are few and far between! With work and family parties alike this time of year is best spent with the ones you love! That being said, you never know when one of your besties or long lost cousins will be stopping by! Being prepared is usually not my strong suit, however when it comes to company I always want any guest to feel like they are at home. Having a few essentials during this busy holiday season will make any unexpected drop-in feel like a breeze! So grab a glass of eggnog (spiked, of course!) and let’s get started!
Alcohol is (of course) necessity numero uno! This is for you just as much as it is for your guests! 😉 Having a stocked bar with an option for everyone is key. Of course your pantry doesn’t need to look like the LCBO but having a few staple items will make your job as hostess so much easier! I suggest having a few main liquors on hand such as vodka, rum, gin and whiskey, along with beer, and my personal favourite, wine! Because #winenot?! It’s all fine and dandy to have plenty of booze but if you don’t have mixers you are going to have to resort to only drinking shots, which I never say no to BTW! However most of your guests will probably want a bit more substance than a shot so make sure to have a few mixes on hand and a few non-alcoholic options for the DD.
Now that we have all the ingredients to make the beverages we need something to put them in! Having some cute and/or festive glasses on hand can quickly make an impromptu casual gathering seem totally planned. Keeping things neutral also allows you to mix and match your everyday serve ware with cute festive pieces and no one will be the wiser! Cheers!
5. A GREAT LOCAL RESTAURANT ON SPEED DIAL
If all else fails, call your favourite local restaurant for some delicious takeout! After all, spending time with your family and friends is the most important part, everything else comes second.
We hope this helps and adds an element of ease to your holiday preparations! Let us know your secret hosting tips in the comments below! And most importantly, enjoy! We can’t say this enough! At the end of the day that’s what it is all about, enjoying time together with the people you care most about!
Sincerely your friends,
Katie & Kristin