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Products pictured: Beechwood Farm Table, Faye Chop Plate, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate, Lucca Ivory Salad Plate, Lucca Ivory Bread & Butter Plate, Presley Flatware, Cabo Palm Napkin, Smoke Dixie Goblet, Ledge Water Goblet, Ledge Champagne Glass.

 

Hosting a holiday dinner can be an intense whirlwind of juggling responsibilities and endless to-do lists. Here are 5 shortcuts to make the whole process a little bit easier.

1. Rent your tabletop

Your local event rental company will likely have suggestions (and maybe even sales) for festive holiday tableware. Not only will your table look amazing and like you put tons of thought and effort into it, but cleanup is much easier when renting your tableware. Just put it all back into the bins they came in and return them without washing. Table linens and napkins can also be rented to cut down on laundry and/or needless paper/plastic waste!

2. Clean smarter not harder

If you have the extra time to deep clean your entire home before your holiday party, then by all means get started! But for those of us with an overflowing to-do list, just focus on some major key spots to give the impression of a thoroughly cleaned house. In the kitchen: Get rid of any dishes in the sink and do a quick wipe down of the counters and front of the fridge. In the bathroom, make sure the toilet and sink are clean, stock the TP, make sure there’s soap and hand towels, and light a candle. In the living and dining rooms, clean up any clutter on the floors, counters, and tables, fluff pillows on the couches and chairs, and set the table.

 

3. Get some help

Assign jobs to everyone in the household as well as anyone who offers up their assistance. Even if their only job is to write out place cards, that’s one more thing you don’t have to worry about. Have someone go pick up the tabletop rentals and place them on the table. Ask another person to bring a salad. Delegating even the simplest tasks can make your to-do list seem much more manageable and your friends and family will enjoy feeling helpful.

4. Start prepping early

If possible, start planning and prepping for the holiday as early as you can. Completing even just a couple tasks well in advance will help relieve a lot of last-minute planning stress. Buy beverages and other shelf-stable menu items, clean up spaces that don’t get used very often, and do as much food prep as possible in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

 

Photo by Chris Potako.

5. Adjust the lighting

Some mood lighting does wonders to make your home feel cozy and festive, and it helps hide those areas you didn’t have time to dust. Turn off the bright overhead lights and go with softer lamps, string lights, and candles. Put on a perfect playlist and enjoy your celebration!