Simplify Holiday Hosting

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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.

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