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Holiday Preparation Tips

Paige Paige

The Holiday Season is upon us and that means holiday party’s and a house full of guests. As an experienced party planner I know how stressful it can be hosting a holiday party, so I have some quick and easy preparation tips to help make your party an impressive one!
Theme It Out
All my friends know I love a good themed party. It really helps you put together the decor, the food and the entertainment for your party. It helps set the tone for your party and allows your guests to anticipate what kind of day/night they are in for. Fancy cocktails, casual & cool, festive & fun!
First Impressions
Think of your guests first impression. They say the first impression is your only one … so I say make it a damn good one. Consider EVERYTHING. Parking …. is it accessible? Do you have on street parking? Will people have to walk 5 miles to get to your front door?
Weather Prediction
Be prepared for all weather scenarios. Remember … most of us don’t live in sunny old California so consider rain, hail or shine. Have somewhere for people to leave their umbrellas if it’s raining or a place to keep snow boots and jackets.
The Smell of Holiday’s
Smells Good … yep. You want your house to smell good but remember, it’s the holiday season so you want you house to smell festive. Consider picking up some scented candles that smell of cinnamon and spices to give your guests that festive feeling.
Is it Hot in here?
Room temperature and creating a comfortable climate for you guests is so important and often overlooked. You are going to have a lot more bodies in one space as well as the use of ovens and hot plates and maybe even a fireplace? Make the room pleasant for all your guests and allow them to breathe. Turn down thermostat 3 or 4 degrees to account for the extra ordinary conditions. Comfort is the key to your guests sticking around.
Clean the house!
When people come over I want to make sure that my home and party is a comfortable and clean place to be. I live with four adults and five animals! Not everyone is pet friendly and so many people these days suffer from allergies so I suggest to really do a deep clean before your party. If you don’t have the time but you do have the budget there are companies out there like Stanley Steemer that offer a cleaning service to get your home in tip top shape. They clean the vents, upholstery, carpets etc. They also have a great range of products for those DIYers out there:)
Food Glorious Food
The way to your guests heart is through their stomach! Now most people put on a fancy spread and lay their platters out across the table. I say go up! Make it visually interesting and beautiful for your guests as well as delicious. Creating levels creates more space for more food and is enticing to the eye. I love using three tiered trays to serve appetizers and desserts. You can buy these at your homeware stores but you can also make them! and you can make them for a third of the cost! Yep. You heard me. So here is what you need to get started …

Mark Steines and guest co-hosts Matt Iseman and Matt Rogers welcome the host of GSN’s "Window Warriors," Garcelle Beauvais. Actress Zulay Henao from the movie “True Memoirs of an International Assassin” joins us. Blogger and cookbook author Molly Yeh makes a delicious sweet potato lefse. DIY expert Meredith Sinclair creates a grateful tree mural. The authors of “The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking,” Ariane Resnick and Brittini Rae, mix healthy holiday cocktails. Kym Douglas has the best men’s grooming products. Matt Rogers and Matt Iseman go head-to-head cooking the best Thanksgiving stuffing. Get ready for holiday parties with Paige Hemmis’ hosting tips. Our family shares their most awkward holiday moments.  Credit: © 2016 Crown Media United States, LLC | Photo: Alexx Henry Studios, LLC / jeremy lee

You Will Need:
  • Lightweight Chargers 3x
  • Candlesticks x2
  • Hot Glue
  • Paint (Optional)


1. Place first charger on table

2. Hot glue bottom candlestick in the middle of the charger

3. Hot glue top of candlestick and place second charger on center

4. Hot glue 2nd candlestick on top of charger

5. Hot glue final charger on top

6. Spray Paint (optional)

Do you have some fantastic Holiday Tips? Share with us in the comments below and remember we want to see your DIY’s on Instagram and Twitter  so make sure you follow @paigehemmis & hashtag #DIYholidays  #DIYplay

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