It’s well known that hosts can experience extra stress during the holiday season, but don’t let your holiday work get in the way of your holiday spirit. With a little preparation and a little creativity, you can show your guests that they deserve the title of ‘Ferienwirtin bei der Mostess’!
“Entertainment is not about making an impression, it is about making your guests feel welcome, calm and comfortable.” – Colin Cowie
#1: Create an appearance
Festive decorations are an important part of any holiday celebration. Set the landscape that transports guests to a vacation oasis. Decorate your hall with cheerful ornaments. Get your guests in the holiday spirit by adding the fun sounds of Christmas Carols. For a more formal dinner, try a silver and white winter wonderland theme. Whatever you decide, impress your guests by keeping your theme consistent throughout the dinner with table linens, plates, silverware, napkins and centerpieces to match.
#2: Serve a Signature Cocktail
One way to make your dinner party stand out from the rest is by creating a signature cocktail to serve to your guests. While it’s important to have an array of spirits and bubbly on hand to appeal to everyone, consider featuring a special drink like an Apple and Thyme Martini, a Lillet-Basil Cocktail or a Peppermint Chocolate Martini!
Apple & Thyme Martini Recipe:
10 ounces vodka
6 ounces apple juice
1/4 cup thyme syrup, recipe follows
1 large apple, peeled (use melon baller)
4 fresh thyme sprigs
Thyme Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
5 large sprigs fresh thyme
#3: Get Personal
Since the holiday time is all about togetherness and making your guests feel special and welcome, personalizing your dinner party is one of the quickest ways to achieve that. Customizing place cards at the table with each guests’ name or initials is a nice way to add that extra special personal touch.
Don’t forget to have fun! Organize a pianist and jazz singer for a performance, or orchestrate a classical guitar with a violinist… This is the culmination of an already unforgettable evening.