Holiday Entertaining Tips (Festive Decor and More)

Hello friends! Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, where each week, I like to highlight a different theme or topic to inspire you.   Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are days away, many of us are scrambling to get everything done…especially if we’re expecting guests!  So, if you’re looking for holiday entertaining tips, today I’m sharing some excellent ideas for decorating, hosting and preparing your home for company!

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Holiday Entertaining Tips – Decorate for Guests:

Obviously, if you’re hosting any holiday get together, you’ll want to decorate the rooms where your guests will be gathering.  Since you’ll probably be serving dinner or some kind of holiday meal in your dining room, bring out the festive decorations!  This week, I shared how I decorated my dining room for Christmas. See if there are any ideas you can use this holiday season.

Blue and white plates with red napkins and Christmas table decoration ideas - holiday entertaining tips

Recently, I also shared my kitchen and family room, so check out that tour as well!  After all, most guests linger in the kitchen, don’t they?

Holiday Entertaining Tips – Prepare Your Home for Guests:

Whether you’re expecting guests for dinner or overnight, here are 7 ways to prepare for their arrival.

Black Keurig machine with white coffee cups - kitchen countertop coffee station ideas and holiday entertaining tips

Isn’t it funny how we seem to get the most done when we’re expecting guests?  Seriously, it’s the best way to check off some items from your to-do list!

Easy Holiday Entertaining Tips – Make Ahead Recipe:

For casual and stress-free holiday entertaining, offer your guests comfort food that you can make ahead of time.  For instance, our family’s recipe for “Best Ever Chili” is always a hit!  Maybe, it will become a favorite in your home too!

Chili recipe in white bowl - easy holiday entertaining tips

Shopping Ideas Focused on Holiday Entertaining:

If you’re a fan of the charcuterie board, this book (from one of the best entertaining blogs, Reluctant Entertainer), looks fantastic!

This time of year, you can’t go wrong with buying cookbooks for entertaining! 


Though, if you buy a book about charcuterie boards, I guess you’ll probably need a board!  This long cheese board is perfect for holiday entertaining!


For all those holiday cocktail parties, it would be fun to serve drinks from a festive bar cart!  So, get ready to whip up your latest specialty cocktail from this pretty gold bar cart!  

And say “Cheers to the New Year” with a set of champagne flutes, like this set.

For even more holiday entertaining tips, here are some fun finds from around the internet:

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you with plenty of ways to get you and your home in the holiday spirit!

What are your favorite holiday entertaining tips?

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  1. So many great ideas in this post Shelley! You have two beautiful spaces for holiday meals. We have Christmas Eve at our house—including our three pups and two,grand dogs. Christmas morning we swing by our daughter/SIL house to see what Santa brought their kiddos (ages 8, 5, 1) Afterwards we head 30 minutes south to see what Santa brought our grandkids (ages 18, 16, 8) at our son/DILs house. After many years of flying to MN before we had grandchildren, I am so thankful to avoid airports. Happy week of holiday prep!

    1. Thanks Diane – and wow, you’ve got some busy days ahead! Our schedule is a little different every year but we always start with a big Christmas breakfast at our house where my husband cooks – yay! And luckily, our extended families are all within an hour so there’s not much driving involved. Enjoy your Christmas with all those doggies, kids etc!

  2. I love entertaining, and agree with you that things on my to-do list get done when I know guests are coming. I love to make charcuterie boards and may have to treat myself to that book. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Shelley!

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