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My favorite holiday hosting tips

holiday hosting tips

The holiday season is upon us, bringing joy, warmth, and the delightful opportunity to gather with friends and family. If you're planning to host a party this holiday season you'll want to make sure that it leaves a lasting impression! I'm sharing my best holiday hosting tips (with an amazing holiday-themed grazing board of course!) so your party is sure to dazzle guests.

Holiday Hosting Tips

Ambiance is Everything

Set the right mood with curated playlists. Opt for a mix of holiday classics, classical melodies, or modern tunes that appeal to a diverse crowd.

Cozy Comfort

Ensure your home feels warm and inviting by incorporating cozy elements. Arrange blankets and throws in communal spaces, providing guests the opportunity to get comfortable and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Thoughtful Seating

If you're doing a formal sit-down event, consider the seating arrangement to encourage conversation. Create intimate seating areas that foster connections among guests.

Kid-Friendly Fun

If your guest list includes little ones, plan activities or set up a designated area with games and crafts to keep them entertained. This allows parents to relax, and the kids to have a jolly good time.

Easy Access to Refreshments

Keep the flow of the party seamless by setting up a designated area for beverages. This could be a bar cart, a festive drink station, or a self-serve area with a variety of drinks and garnishes.

DIY Decorations

Involve guests in the holiday spirit by incorporating DIY decorations. Set up a crafting station with materials for making ornaments, wreaths, or personalized place cards. It adds a fun and interactive element to your gathering.

The Holiday Grazing Board Extravaganza

Now, let's dive into the pièce de résistance – the holiday grazing board. Elevate your entertaining game with a visually stunning (and delicious) platter of cheeses, charcuterie, fruits, nuts, and gourmet bites. Arrange them artfully on a wooden board or platter, creating a feast for both the eyes and mouth. The key is variety and creativity – mix textures, colors, and flavors for an Instagram-worthy masterpiece.

Play with Themes

Consider themed grazing boards to add an extra layer of excitement. How about a Mediterranean-inspired board with olives, hummus, and feta? Or a winter wonderland board featuring seasonal fruits, nuts, and chocolates? The possibilities are endless, and customization is the name of the game.

Interactive Food Stations

Grazing boards can be interactive too! From DIY taco bars to make-your-own bruschetta stations, this approach adds an element of fun and allows guests to tailor their culinary experience.

Thoughtful Favors

Send your guests home with a small token of appreciation. Consider personalized ornaments, mini gingerbread houses, or homemade treats neatly packaged in festive boxes

Post-Party Cleanup Plan

Make your life easy once your guests are gone. Have designated trash and recycling cans your guests can easily find and use. Then, plan for a smooth post-party cleanup by delegating tasks to family or a few friends.

I hope these tips help you have a very merry holiday season! Hosting friends and family is such a great way to bring in the holiday spirit and connect with loved ones. Cheers to a season filled with joy, laughter, and unforgettable moments!

Keep Grazing,


Karen Ormsby is the founder and owner of Oakford Gourmet Selections. Karen is an Australian native who brings her diverse and educated palate to creating beautiful, artistic, and delicious charcuterie boards and grazing platters. Located outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, Oakford Gourmet Selections provides charcuterie and grazing catering perfect for any sized events including girl's nights, weddings, receptions, engagements, parties, networking events, and more.

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