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Simplify Holiday Hosting

Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Dec 13 3 minutes read

Time flies, especially during the holidays. and hosting parties can be stressful. 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.

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)

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