I remember having friends over for a get-together in my early twenties and feeling VERY sophisticated. I’d whip up a batch of pasta pesto (I mean, that’s every student’s go-to right?!) and the fanciness of simply having friends over for dinner felt HUGE.
Ever since then I’ve loved having friends round for occasions – big and small.
My menu may have grown up a bit (though pesto pasta is still a winner/Oli is the real cook here) but STILL, the ritual of having friends over is something I adore.
That being said, having people over requires organisation, energy and financial commitment and during the holiday season it can feel a little overwhelming.
But, fret not!
In a bid to help you to navigate any festive shindigs you may be hosting in the most stress-free way possible, I’ve rounded up 3 of my top tips for throwing a relaxing get-together. That’s relaxing for you and your guests.
Unless you are someone who thrives on hand-assembling 40 blinis 24hrs ahead of time (and if you are – round of applause!) then I hope today’s post will take some of the stress of hosting off of your shoulders, and allow you to enjoy the best bit – spending time celebrating with friends!
3 Tips For Throwing A Stress-Free Festive Get-Together
1 – Buy Everything Ready-Made
I Mean Everything
It’s my belief that the festive season is chaotic enough without adding ‘assembling finger food’ into the mix.
Store-bought treats can be DELICIOUS, healthy and will save you so much time.
When my friend Georgie got married in 2015 we had platters of canapés delivered from Waitrose, other friends have told me about Cook ready meals they’ve made for 20(!) and I myself have picked up a pre-assembled snacks from our local butchers alongside store-bought treats.
It’s ALL good.
Take the pressure off of you – in both time and organisation – and buy the snacks pre-made.
The same goes for drinks. You can assemble a makeshift bar area with cocktail shakers, like this beautiful one from Anthropologie, glasses of ice, garnishes and a few spirits and allow people to whip up their own creations. It’s fun and a great talking point for people who don’t know each other.
“You can assemble a makeshift bar area
. . . it’s fun and a great talking point
for people who don’t know each other.”
2 – Opt For A Mix & Match Style
Just as I shared in this post, I am ALL for a mix and match entertaining style. We break too many glasses in our house through over-enthusiastic washing up to ever having matching sets of everything, and so we’ve happily adopted a ‘come one come all’ approach to our glassware and entertaining accessories.
Truth be told? I like it more! The secret to making all of your mix and match pieces look cohesive is to stick to a colour palette or theme. That way one glass will look beautiful alongside another even if they’re from completely separate sets. I love clear glass with gold details.
This range from Anthropologie is GORGEOUS and I am so excited to use it this Christmas.
Mix and match also works a treat when you’re serving up garnishes for drinks – like these lime and grapefruit wedges, and even little snacks. I took inspiration from Louise Roe’s stunning baby shower for this spread, using mixed glasses and recycled votives.
“Put on a Spotify playlist, light some candles,
pour everyone a drink
and enjoy what the event is really ALL about:
seeing your loved ones,
spending quality time together
and enjoying the festive cheer!”
3 – Be The Relaxed Hostess With The Mostest
I read that “guests are as relaxed as the hosts” on Emily Schuman’s blog – Cupcakes & Cashmere – years ago – and it’s always stuck with me!
If you are on edge about everything being ‘perfect’, your guests will feel equally awkward. If you answer the door with a drink in your hand, barefoot and finalising some sort of finger food (remember – store-bought only!) then your guests will be relaxed too!
Put on a Spotify playlist, light some candles, pour everyone a drink and enjoy what the event is really ALL about: seeing your loved ones, spending quality time together and enjoying the festive cheer!
Pretty much everything else, doesn’t matter all that much.
What’s Your Take?
Will you be hosting a get-together this season? And if so,what’s your top tip for staying relaxed whilst doing so?
Love, Monica x
Astrology Chart Cheeseboard | Anthropologie | Marble Table: DIY
Marble Coasters: DIY | Glass Votives: Recycled | Aurora String Copper Lights: Anthropologie
All Anthropologie items c/o