One of my favorite things about Fall and Winter are all the dinner parties we host. During the summer we host a lot of outdoor parties but there’s just something about gathering everyone around a beautiful table, with delicious food, that makes my heart pitter patter.
When we moved into our house last year I bought an extra large dining room table so that I could gather as many people as possible around it. Last year for Thanksgiving there were 12 of us sitting around, eating amazing food and laughing at my father-in-law for starting with dessert instead of turkey.
One of my other favorite things about throwing a dinner party are the details that go into each place setting. I want my guests to feel welcomed, at home, and like they never want to leave the party.
I love making custom place settings so guests don’t have to worry about where there going to sit. I made these with leftover scrapbook paper and twine. It was a free project that looks fabulous.
To save money on centerpieces I like to use pieces of nature from around our house. For this centerpiece I went down our hill and found a large branch. I sprayed it with glitter which transformed it into a gorgeous, free centerpiece that glistened in the candlelight.
And don’t worry about everything matching. When I host large parties I never have enough of one set so I like to mix and match. Mixing it up adds character and charm to the table, it also gives your guests lots to talk about. 🙂
And never forget the wine! Your guest are guaranteed to sit around and visit longer if they have something in their hands to drink. Long after dessert is over our best conversations, and our deepest laughs, are usually when we are sitting around with a glass of wine just enjoying each others company.
When you host a large party clean up is always the conversation that gets put off until the very end. No one wants to get up and do the dishes. That’s why this year I’m putting the Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls on my Christmas list.
With racks that adjust to hold most glasses, including wine glasses, pots, pans and large platters, I won’t be up late washing them by hand anymore!
And with a 30-minute fast wash cycle the dishes will be clean and ready to be put away before my head even hits the pillow.
What are your favorite holiday hosting tips? I’m getting excited about all the holiday dinner parties coming up so I’d love to hear your ideas!
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