Try These No-Fuss Holiday Hosting Tips (So You Can Actually Enjoy the Party)

Host a beautiful and thoughtful holiday gathering while keeping your sanity.

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November 19, 2018

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Celebrate in Style

Ready to go all in with your holiday decor this year? From setting a gorgeous table in minutes to creating a colorful hot cocoa station, we'll have you celebrating the season in style.

Non-Traditional Hues

Don't be afraid to tinker with tradition when it comes to color. Swap out traditional reds with a deeper shade to add a rich, sophisticated vibe to your holiday palette. Instead of green, sub in black and blue, then layer in neutrals like ivory, silver and gold. To keep the look warm and inviting, play up texture with faux fur and chunky knits.

Glam Gifts

Keep a small table or ottoman nearby to wrangle host gifts or party favors. All that gorgeous gift-wrap deserves to be on display and will only add to the festive vibe.

Easy + Upscale

Add sparkle and sophistication to your holiday setup with a few simple touches. A few well-placed candles, pretty holiday decor and faux greenery artfully placed along a runner will take your table from ho-hum to wow in minutes.

Personalize It

A personalized place card always feels special, but who has the time (or the gorgeous handwriting) to pull it off? Take a photo instead! Whether you grab a cute picture when guests arrive or dig out an old one for laughs, friends and family will love the extra yet simple attention to detail.

Cozy Up With a Cocoa Bar

Warm their bones with a festive hot cocoa bar! Colorful holiday mugs, sweet swizzles and a variety of tasty, self-serve toppings will amp up the fun.

Serve Yourself

Serve up homemade cocoa in an Instant Pot for an easy self-serve treat for large groups.

Tasty Toppings

Don't limit yourself to just marshmallows this year. Give guests an assortment of next-level toppings like tiny candies, mints, nuts and crumbled candy bars.

Thoughtful Tagging

Make use of leftover gift tags when it's time to label all those delicious options. Simply write on the tag, or get crafty with stick-on letters.

Holiday Spirits

Don't forget to provide a little extra holiday "spirit" for the adults, too. Offer up a few flavored liqueurs or syrups for their cocoa or coffee.

Cool Kids' Table

Give the kids their own celebration zone by setting a separate table with a few simple snacks. Keep it kid-safe by using plastic plates and acrylic barware.

Napkin Pouch

Help kids keep up with their utensils by crafting a cute pouch from leftover gift wrap or patterned papers.

Keep Kids Busy

Keep kids entertained with this adorable DIY snowman that's perfect for dunking in mugs of hot cocoa. Supply candy canes, pretzels, marshmallows, icing and candy embellishments.

Too Sweet to Eat?

Kids will love giving their snowman a funny face and buttons with colorful candy. Pretzels make perfect arms, and a licorice scarf adds the perfect finishing touch.

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