How to Prepare for a Holiday Party Worth Hosting

The holiday spirit is in the air as the weather cools off and becomes crisp and scented with pine and holiday cookies.

During the season of celebrations and gatherings is there anything worse than having a home where no one feels comfortable? The party space may be too cramped, the temperature in the house uncomfortably cool or warm, or you find yourself sitting around with nothing to do, just twiddling your thumbs. No matter what the reason, when you are tasked with hosting an event during the holiday season you want to have a home with a reputation for comfort, ease, and entertainment. Before the parties and festivities commence, plan now to host an event sure to knock the socks off of your guests and leave them talking about its success for years to come.  

If you want to be the ideal host, it is all about executing a gathering consisting of equal parts food and drink, entertainment, comfort, and engaged guests. Here are several tips for how you can prepare now for a holiday party worth hosting this winter:

  1. Scrutinize the guest list. The proper mix of individuals who know one another and who enjoy socializing will make for the perfect party atmosphere. A meddling of different personalities, professions, age groups, and backgrounds is the catalyst for dynamic conversation. If you are planning a sit-down dinner, consider organizing a seating chart and critically think about how you pair your attendees.
  2. Plan your menu and prep ahead of time. Take into consideration the season, the purpose of the event, and any of your guest’s dietary restrictions when creating a menu. Contrary to popular belief, it does not take an ambitious Betty Crocker-type to host a party. Consider catering options or a potluck-style dinner for ease. If you want to cook, then map out all your dishes a couple of days in advance and do as much of the mise en place prep work as you can so the meal assembly goes as smoothly as possible.
  3. Inform party-goers of your plans for the event, so they know what to expect. It is never pleasant to arrive at an event unprepared due to the host’s lack of communication. For example, if you want to host a costume party, be very clear to your guests about your expectations. If it is a cookie swap you are throwing, guests will need to plan to bring a couple dozen of their favorite sweet treats. Invitations can go a long way in helping to articulate your intentions for your gathering.
  4. Keep your guests entertained without allowing it to consume all your time and effort. One of the downfalls of hosting a party is juggling the many things which need your attention simultaneously. The guest’s needs, the food and drinks, the music, and entertainment all need tending to, but there is only one of you. Often this juggling act can leave you feeling torn in several different directions. One way to alleviate the stress is to have areas of your home designated to your guest’s leisure and entertainment. For example, having a game table available for people to play will give them an opportunity to congregate and chat, but it does not require you to be in the room. Billiards, ping pong, shuffleboard, air hockey, and foosball are fantastic ways to integrate playful competition and encourage mixing and mingling.

Rec Warehouse can help you find the perfect game table for your home, plus it is sure to transform your next event. Rec Warehouse is in the business of “selling fun for less, ” and they specialize in providing their customers with the latest indoor and outdoor leisure and recreation products. With three Atlanta-area locations in Jonesboro, Kennesaw, and Norcross, and a prolific catalog of merchandise online at, they have the selection and knowledge to help you make your home a place in which you genuinely enjoy spending time.

The knowledgeable staff at Rec Warehouse will work with you to figure out the ideal way to create a vacation-like destination in your home. The elevated level of comfort and entertainment will help you provide your guests with a memorable experience when they visit, and you will have one less thing to worry about as the host.

In addition to game room tables, Rec Warehouse also has an extensive assortment of game room furniture, above ground pools, hot tubs, saunas, spas, tanning beds, patio furniture, outdoor kitchens and misting fans. So before you decide to host a party, stop by Rec Warehouse and learn how they can help you take it to the next level so your home will be a place guests want to return to year after year.



  1. October 21, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    This is such a helpful post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. October 22, 2017 / 6:59 am

    I love hosting parties and people over! I hope to share my thanksgiving table spread from this year <3

    Rina Samantha

  3. October 24, 2017 / 4:03 am

    Planning it all surely helps out and the meals are always the most important. Thanks for the tips. Wishing you a great week ahead. xx


  4. October 24, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Now that I have a toddler to wrangle, any sort of prep we can do ahead of time makes such a difference (and allows much more time for socializing)! These are great tips!

    District of Chic

  5. October 25, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Great tips and very timely too. Everyones probably preparing for the holidays right now.

    Joy to the World

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