We are happy to present the 6TH post of our 2015 Holiday Entertaining Tips series. This week, Linda Sample shares her thoughts on potential issues (disasters!?) to your holiday parties.
Chapter 6 has been affectionately dubbed “Cautionary Tales” by Keith; so this could go in several different directions. I considered talking about some of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ issues that happen and how we can prevent/and or handle them in such a way that guests are oblivious. I love to chat about the importance of thinking on your feet and letting nothing interfere with a wonderful guest experience.
However, we are talking about Holiday Parties now, and we are in New England, so there is a lot to consider. Rather than focus on the negative, I chose to look at logistical aspects that can make or break a good time. We’ll chat about safety, comfort/environment, and food. All are equally important to the success of a party and keeping your guests happy!
We are in New England and SUPPOSED to be enjoying snow and cold temperatures at this time of year. This may not be the case this year, but today is the official first day of winter, so there is still plenty of time for “real” winter to show its face. In fact, we got a taste of those chilly temps on Saturday!
When I walk into a home to do an assessment for a job, I pay attention to lots of details. How do people enter, where do they park, do they need to walk up several stairs, where should coats go?
Weather is always the big unknown. In the event of snow/ice/freezing conditions, you want to pay particular attention to PARKING. You want it to be as easy as possible and may want someone to just get the parking started; once guests see a pattern, they will follow suit. You need to make sure that there is clear access to your home, which means shoveling/ clearing out. Ice is often worse than snow – stock up on rock salt or kitty litter (in a pinch). Once your guests get from their cars to your door, do you have a place for lots of wet boots?