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Eight tips for being the ultimate holiday host

While holiday gatherings may be smaller this year, that’s all the more reason to make them extra special. Shopping local is the best way to give back to our communities this holiday season. We’ve created this step-by-step guide so that your celebrations go off without a hitch!

Note: With COVID19 top of mind, we highly suggest confirming the most up-to-date offerings directly with the business and taking the latest health and safety measures into consideration when planning your holiday celebrations.

1. Customize stylish invitations

Even if you’re planning a small gathering, invitations will add that extra special touch. They will get your guests excited for what’s to come. Visit a local stationery store to customize the perfect invites for your celebration. 

2. Hire a professional to clean your home

Sit back and let a professional take the wheel on getting your home sparkly clean for the holidays. Afterall, you’ve got enough on your plate! Find a home cleaning service on Yelp by requesting a quote from multiple businesses so that you snag the best deal.

3. Comfort is key

Make sure that all of your guests have a comfortable spot to enjoy their meal. If your dining table won’t cut it, rent a table or two, chairs, and some linens from an event rental shop.

4. Plan your menu

Pick up your recipe ingredients from a locally owned grocer or farmers market, or make it easy by catering your meal from a local culinary pro.

5. Provide sensational sips

Visit your favorite local wine shop, brewery, or liquor store to check delicious libations off of your list. Even better? Some local cocktail connoisseurs at restaurants and bars will put together a festive pre-batched cocktail that you’ll just have to pour over ice. Don’t forget the garnish!

6. Create a memorable tablescape

Pick up festive placemats, napkins, glassware, candles, and more from a local home decor shop to add some glitz and glam to your celebration. Bonus: Personalized place cards at each seat will help your guests know exactly where to sit and add all the warm and fuzzies to their experience. 

7. Add festive flowers

Scatter floral arrangements around your home for fragrance and beauty! Flowers in a pumpkin? A sparkly garland for your table or fireplace? The options are endless with floral creations. Visit a local flower market to make your own or hire a florist to help your vision come to life. 

8. Don’t forget dessert!

End your bash with a bang by providing a decadent dessert (or three) that will leave a lasting impression with your guests. Pre-order from a local dessert shop or make your own by picking up fresh ingredients from a local market.

All photos were contributed by Yelpers.