Simplify Holiday Hosting

Follow these tips for a holiday party that will impress without adding stress.


Most friends ask, “What can I do to help?” And most hosts say, “Oh nothing. Just bring yourself.” Well, don’t do that. Make a list of what you need and allow friends to pitch in. 

Stations Are Your Best Friends:

Greet your guests with an adorable Hot Cocoa Station by the fireplace or a Small Bites Buffet in the living room. That way, you can welcome them with a, “Make yourself at home.”

Master One Magnificent Cocktail:

Ditch the bar, and come up with one wonderful large-batch cocktail. The holidays are the perfect season to break out the punch-bowl. And, if you’ve got a hot cocktail happening, set it up in a crockpot to keep it warm.

Lighting Is Everything:

Consider candles to set the mood. Or add a few LED string lights to change the feeling of your entire home.

Slow Down:

Time flies, especially during the holidays. Take a second to breathe. Think of preparing for the holidays as a ritual, not a chore. Maybe you’ll even find a minute to reminisce and recall why you’re opening up your home in the first place.

Master One Magnificent Cocktail

Pro Tip: Master One Magnificent Cocktail

Cranberry Hot Toddy

Want a cocktail that will warm you up this holiday season? Here is a festive drink with a twist on the classic mulled apple cider.


  • 6 oz. cranberry vodka 
  • 1-pint cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tsp. honey
  • 6 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick & Cranberries and Orange Slices (garnish)


In a medium saucepan heat all the ingredients (except the vodka) to just about the boiling point. Let stand for 1 minute. Add cranberry vodka and stir. Pour into a heat-resistant cocktail glass and garnish with cranberries and orange slices. (serves 3-4)

Let us know if you have any holiday hosting tips you would like to share.

About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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