Themes aren’t just for birthday parties! Come up with a clever concept to integrate throughout your holiday event. It shows guests that you took the time to think through all of the various touch-points, from the invitation they receive to the box of cookies that they will take home with them at the end of the party. Keep in mind that a theme doesn’t always have to be kitschy; for example, it can be focused on a color palette and/or pattern reminiscent of red/white striped candy canes.
Bake up a big batch of scones or muffins and package them for each guest to bring home for breakfast the next morning. Get creative with the packaging; tulle or holiday-inspired fabric adds a nice touch and your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness!
If hosting a large holiday gathering still has you feeling nervous, consider dialing it back by inviting a small group of people for brunch or tea.
Offer a festive “house drink” that all can enjoy. Have a non-alcoholic version for the designated drivers.