Happy holiday season! Whether you’re preparing for a few out-of-towners or the entire extended family, we’ve got you covered with these 7 essential holiday hosting tips.

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1. Cook Ahead

One of the most effective strategies for seamless holiday hosting is to prepare meals in advance. Consider baking cookies, prepping casseroles, or marinating meats days before the event. This not only saves you precious time on the day but also allows you to be more present and enjoy the company of your guests. If you really want to make this holiday unique, consider getting all or part of the meal catered!

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2. Welcoming Touches

Make your overnight guests feel extra special with personalized welcome notes in their rooms. Provide essential items they may have forgotten (like toiletries and fresh linens), and consider including a local guidebook or a list of WiFi instructions. These small, thoughtful gestures go a long way in making your guests feel valued and comfortable.

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3. Little Things Matter

Little things can significantly enhance the overall experience. Set the mood with carefully chosen music, light scented candles, and decorate with fresh flowers. Consider having a signature dish or dessert that guests can look forward to each year (like your famous apple pie or gingerbread cookies).

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4. Choose Real Over Disposable

It many be convenient, but consider ditching the disposables and opt for real silverware, glassware, and cloth napkins. These elements add a touch of sophistication and make the meal that much more enjoyable. If you’re expecting a large group, consider renting additional items or even mixing and matching for a unique, eclectic look.

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5. Create a Timeline For the Big Day

Create a detailed timeline for your event. This should include when to start cooking, setting the ambiance, and any other key activities. A well-planned event ensures everything runs smoothly and allows you to handle any unexpected situations with ease.

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6. Delegate Tasks

Don’t shy away from asking for help. Assign tasks to family members or friends, like setting up the bar or putting the finishing touches on the table. Delegating not only eases your burden but also involves others in the joy of hosting.

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7. Breathe and Enjoy

Most importantly, remember to take a moment for yourself. Whether it’s a quick breather or a glass of wine, a relaxed host sets the tone for the entire event. Embrace imperfections and enjoy the company of your loved ones. If you’re relaxed and having fun, your guests will too!

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Put These Holiday Hosting Tips to Use in Your New Foxlane Home

There’s nothing quite like hosting your friends and family in a brand-new home. Foxlane Homes offers a variety of homes in some of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Coastal Delaware’s most sought-after locations. Contact us today learn more about these exciting neighborhoods and homes. Happy holidays!