Holiday “Prep” parties and holiday shopping parties are new ways to prepare for your holiday party and shop for the holidays. Stylish Stepmom Heidi Ducato is a believer in these new parties. She said it's a great way to hang out with your friends while also getting what you need to get done. "Prep" parties include services like facials, massages, spray tans etc. "A ‘Sip and Shop’ party is there for your girlfriends to have some girl time, enjoy a few cocktails, and do some of your Christmas shopping all in one spot. You would want to have a few independent retail businesses available for shopping. For example: Stella and Dot Jewelry, Scentsy, etc.," Ducato said.
Below are tips to being a good hostess:
-Plan a budget and stick to it.
-Consider guest list – Who are you inviting, who knows who, etc. – want guests to be able to mingle easily with each other. As hostess, you will be responsible for introducing guests to each other – and you don’t want to spend all night running around doing that.
-Make sure some food is available for guests. If not a dinner party, you still want to have a few appetizers/snacks on hand for guests to munch on, especially, if alcohol is being served.
-Beverages – determine whether you are serving alcohol or not. If you are, determine what your plan will be if guests have had ‘one to many’. As well as, offer non-alcoholic options too (besides water). Just because your guests choose not to drink alcohol doesn’t mean they don’t want a fun holiday drink to sip on.
-Greet your guests at the door and welcome them to your home.
-Proper etiquette recommends guests bringing ‘hostess gifts’ - make sure to acknowledge that with a ‘thank you’ and even take it one step further by sending a thank you note at a later date.
-Don’t sweat the small stuff! Your guests are there to support you, have fun, and enjoy each other’s company. They are not going to notice every single detail and whether some minor thing when right or wrong.
-Enjoy your own party! Be organized and have fun!
For more information on Heidi Ducato visit her blog at www.stylishstepmom.com