Preparing Your Home for Holiday Parties
The holiday season can mean entertaining family and friends. There is a lot to prepare including decorating, cooking, and cleaning. Here are six things to keep in mind for presentation and safety as you get ready for you holiday hosting.
- Clean your home. The first thing to do is to organize any clutter and put away delicate or breakable items if you will have children at the party. Lock away any valuables just in case of spying guests. Once the big things have been taken care, give your home a thorough cleaning including vacuuming, dusting, and polishing.
- Pay special attention to the bathroom. Make sure the bathroom is clean and well stocked. Bathrooms are often overlooked but people will be in and out of this room during the party so you’ll want to include it in your preparations; put out nice soap and lotion to pamper your guests. Don’t forget to add a little holiday cheer to your bathroom. All it needs is a couple towels and a candle in the holiday color of your choice.
- Have a set style for your décor. Make sure your décor matches the style of your home. You want everything to feel authentic and flow together. For inspiration, check out this Elle Décor article on holiday decorating.
- Have plenty of comfortable seating. Make sure there is not only enough seating but that the extra chairs you pull out of storage don’t get put in the middle of walking areas. Tables signal a place to gather so set up the seating around them. This way everyone can comfortably eat, drink and be merry.
- Check outlets and wires. To keep everyone safe during the party, and all season, do a once-over of your electrical outlets and extension cords. Cords can be a tripping hazard so keep them out of the way of walking pathways and children. Don’t overload outlets; instead, use a power strip with surge protection and keep it clear and uncovered.
- Keep an eye on live trees. Finally, be careful of your live tree or wreath drying out. Water it regularly and when it becomes dry, it is time to take it down. To be safe, keep it far away from any flames and heaters. Be careful not to use too many strings of lights to avoid overheating and remove and strings with frayed wires. It is recommend that you switch to LED because they don’t create as much heat or use as much energy.
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