Holiday open house
hosting a hit holiday open house.
It’s all in the timing Stick to a time frame. For a dessert open house, a three-hour window is perfect, either in the evening or afternoon. Keep in mind that an afternoon event will probably draw more people for two reasons: there aren’t as many daytime party conflicts, and adults will bring
their children. Plan quantities accordingly.
Portion control Have one or two substantial items to offer the guests who plan on hanging out for a while, plus nibblies for those who are party hopping.
Bring on tradition Chances are good that your holiday open house will become an annual event, so throw in a tradition guests will relish from year to year, like a carol singalong, signature drink, cookie exchange or secret Santa grab bag.
Christmas clarity Let guests know what to expect. State “champagne and desserts” or “wine and cheese” so they prepare and eat accordingly.
Coat check Clear out your hall closet so you don’t have to send guests to your bedroom to pile coats.