Sometimes the easiest way is the best way. Stress less this season with our top 5 holiday entertaining shortcuts, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Harry & David.
Decorate with fresh fruit: For pretty (and pretty easy!) place cards, set out pears, each featuring a strip of paper with a guest’s name on it. Use the pear stem to attach the paper, or if the stem is too short, use a straight pin (just don’t forget to remove it before eating). The pears can even double as dessert — just take them off the table after dinner, cut into halves, fill with vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Order decorations online: Instead of running all over town, order all your decor items in one go online. A garland of fresh greenery, such as this Holiday Magnolia Garland from Harry & David, featuring acorns and wintry berries, makes a show-stopping table runner or mantle decoration.
Stock up on wine: Don’t fret about running out of vino. Get plenty to have on hand for your own party, and reserve extra bottles to give as holiday gifts or have on hand for celebrations you’re attending as a guest. Just don’t skimp on quality — celebrate in style with 12 bottles of Harry & David wines, such as their award-winning Pinot Noir.
Make lists: The key to keeping it all together is staying organized. Check out the Essential Holiday Checklist for helpful tips. Make to-do and to-buy lists on your smart phone for last-minute tasks and items, crossing items off as you go. Sort your to-dos in sections (meal tasks, decor tasks and so on) and don’t hesitate to outsource some of the last-minute duties — for example, ask a close friend to pick up ice on the way to the party.
Light candles: Give rooms an instant glow with candles. They’re inexpensive, warm and cozy, and bonus, everyone looks better in candlelight. Up the festive factor by placing candles in bubble or cylinder vases filled with jingle bells or metal ornaments.
Now that you know how easy holiday entertaining can be, there’s no excuse not to plan a party. Start inviting your friends over with this EVITE holiday invitation, or check out our holiday party invitation gallery for more designs. And check out Harry & David for holiday party food and gift ideas.
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