Holiday Tips for Less Stress, More Fun
Experts share their best advice on how to enjoy a stress-free holiday season.
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- Make your tablecloth a solid color, Boles adds. For your centerpiece, line up three 3" pillar candles (using the same color pattern as your tablecloth) in clear 9" cylinder vases. (For a Thanksgiving table, paint four miniature gourds with metallic craft paint and place in between each vase. For Christmas transition, do the same but with large, painted pinecones.)
- Choose a solid 12" charger plate, create a tri-fold with your napkin and place it vertically on the plate, allowing the napkin to hang 3-4" on the table. Next, place a salad plate over the napkin to serve as a liner for a martini glass.
- Here's a nice treat: Drop a miniature pumpkin or pine cone inside the glass with each guest's name written on a leaf for Thanksgiving or a gift tag for Christmas.
Host one big open house instead of lots of smaller events.
So you can't quite afford to host the big, holiday shindig you want? Etiquette expert Lesley Carlin says it's quite acceptable to have a buffet-style, open house.
"Open houses are much less stressful for both hosts and guests," she says. "And you won't have to sweat it if a friend brings a few extra people (though, that in itself is not polite)."
Keep it simple with finger foods and appetizers. Better yet, make it a dessert party, she suggests. "Have people over for holiday pastries and coffee," Carlin says. "The treats can come from your local bakery, but do hide the boxes!"
The gift-giving department can be a bit trickier. What if your friends want to swap presents with you, but they weren't exactly in your budget? Be creative. Think one gift to share with many, such as homemade goodies.
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