Between Aunt Sally and her twelve kids, its enough to drive you bonkers thinking of how to host them plus the rest of your kin for your annual New Year's Eve bash! Not to fear, I have five simple tips that will save you time and stress for planning your upcoming gathering.
1. Bar Cart
This will save your life. Let your guests do the work, man. Bar carts are pretty, functional, and most adults will be all over it. I like this idea because you can stock it up in the kitchen before your guests arrive with all the necessities like ice, liquor, cups, and napkins. Then you can roll it over to the opposite side of your house where guests will congregate, like the living room. This will keep them out of your hair in the kitchen asking, "Where are your cups?". Just be sure to position the bar cart clear out of the way of entries so people don't congregate in front of circulation paths.
2. Improvise With Pillows
Yes, you can use the throw pillows from your couch to create make-shift cozy seating areas for the younger attendees on the floor. With that many people sitting on your couch, those pillows were bound to end up on the ground anyway!
3. Keep It Simple
When you're cleaning up after the party, you probably won't be saying, "Wow, I really wish I put out all 47 of my holiday figurines on the table this year!" In lieu of that, you can create a few simple centerpieces with fresh flowers or Christmas tree branches to dress up any table and make more room for all of that food! If your space feels clutter-free from the beginning, you're bound to feel more organized. Don't forget that walls and ceilings are great places for string lights and other holiday decor, which will still keep the extras out of your way.
4. Move That Furniture
Before guests arrive, rearrange your furniture as you see fit. If you would like to create an open flow for more standing room, move extra furniture to the garage. With the same idea in mind, if you need more space for dining this year, the table could be transplanted to a larger area, such as the living room. Grab extra chairs and benches to fill up the space around the table to accommodate larger parties. Don't be afraid to section off areas of your home where you may have stored extra furniture too; that bar cart we've been talking about could easily be placed in front of a set of doors to suggest no entry.
5. Tiered Food Displays
The idea of your guests being able to help themselves to appetizers and food can definitely make your hosting job easier. I like to set up a couple different spots for food stations so that not everyone is crowding the same spot. With these food displays, you can create different tiers using stands, trays, and every day objects like wooden crates. Tiers add more visual interest and can make any table look effortlessly styled!
Happy Holidays and Hosting!