How To Get Your House (And You) Ready For The Holidays

Getting ready for the holidays can be stressful and overwhelming.  Family and friends coming over for dinner parties and get-togethers, last minute cocktails, a gift you forgot to get for the hostess…. There are several ways to prepare for the holiday season so last minute things don’t get you off track, while still having fun AND staying sane.

From food to decor and all the little details in between, the holidays need to be as stress free as possible and fun for all, including the host (you)!  Here are some tips and tricks to perfectly transition through your holiday season with ease and grace and enjoy all the wonderful moments that they have to offer!

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A wreath is always a welcome sight on any door.  Inviting and warm, wreaths perfectly transition from Fall into Winter with ease. Add a ribbon or an ornament, and you instantly update your wreath for this season’s holiday trends in a flash.

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Once Thanksgiving is over, fill glass vases, votives, and hurricanes with festive metallic ornaments, beads and baubles to elevate your holiday season decor  to the next level! Holiday metallics are the perfect way to update for a modern traditional holiday feel that won’t disappoint.  Add some votive candles for a little sparkling ambiance and Voila!  Super easy and super on trend!

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These dainty and lovely gilded tree branches are great for displaying on your mantle or as a centerpiece in a vase that compliments your decor. Not to mention, it’s pretty easy to create this gorgeous look!  With a can of spray paint and trip to your backyard,  you can make these yourself, and they will not disappoint!  Hang a few ornaments strung with pretty ribbon on them and you have an instant showstopper.

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As the holiday season approaches,  dinner and cocktail parties are often and many times impromptu.  It’s important to keep your bar fully stocked and ready to go. Having a variety of liquor, wine, beer, AND mixers on the ready takes the stress out of entertaining for you and your guests appreciate the hospitality.

Here at KF, we always have a bottle of champagne on deck for any celebration, and we make sure to have a few varietals are on hand.  From French champagne, to Prosecco, to Rosè sparkling, it never hurts to have the right drink available for a last minute event!  Bubbles always impress and help guests relax and enjoy the atmosphere!

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While crystal is always impressive and looks beautiful on a shelf, why not use it and enjoy it!

Hot tip ~ take the time before the holiday season kicks off and make sure your glasses are clean and ready to go to make a warm and inviting cocktail for friends who drop by.

What’s more luxe than pulling out a gorgeous crystal glass and offering a glass of wine?  Your friends will be impressed by your entertaining skills, and you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Cleaning your glassware ahead of time is a nice way to stay on top of things and keep from rushing right before guests come over!

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A necessity for the holiday season ~ linen napkins, both cocktail and dinner. They are nice for any occasion, especially when you take the time to have them monogrammed for that special finishing touch. Add some fresh herbs or a flower with a rope tie or ribbon, and they can be rolled up in the most lovely way to finish off your table setting.  Add a hand-written menu or place card for an even better special touch.

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Be creative with how you present appetizers and your meal. Simple and refined can be deliciously beautiful.  Try something new that will delight you and your guests.

Keep candles that are holiday scented burning all day long to ignite your guests sense of smell.  The lingering smell of pine and cedar throughout your house is alluring and relaxing for your guests.

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One thing many of us  may overlook or remember at the very last minute is wrapping paper and supplies! Stock up now so you don’t have to worry and run out and grab a bag and tissue paper.

Honestly, with a little planning, this is not that hard to do, and it’s really important to have a few supplies for every season throughout the year.

You never know when you might need to wrap a quick gift, and what a relief to know you don’t have to rush out and find something to make your gift look special.  With a little planning and a Sunday afternoon trip to the craft store, you can stock up and check bespoke gift wrap off the list.

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Last but not least, the food! The most important thing next to those cocktails …  Make sure and stock up on items for a quick cheese tray or yummy salad.  It’s not a bad idea to make a few things here and there and freeze them.  Pull them out in a pinch to delight your guests.   Various cheeses paired with artisan crackers, nuts, dried fruit, local honey and olives will make you appear a master chef.

Have kiddos running around – stock up on a few mixes and baking supplies.  The impromptu baking party with grandma or aunt is always a hit and pretty delicious too!

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xo, KF

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