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How To Get Your Home Ready For Holiday Entertaining

Ok, y'all, Summer's over.  School has started.  It's time to think about the holidays.  If you take my advice and take care of all of the things that you'll need for your holiday entertaining early, guess what blessings will come your way?  You'll be able to relax and enjoy the season.

When you're getting ready for all of the entertaining the upcoming holiday season brings, there are so many things to think about.  Just follow this handy-dandy checklist and you will be ready to graciously entertain your friends and family this year.  

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Your dining room furniture should be able to handle the food service of your soiree(s).  If the table needs some cleaning or refinishing or you've been anxious to reupholster the chairs, now's the time.  Don't wait until a week before.  Do you need a buffet for serving or just want all new dining room furniture?  Boy, did I see some fabulous things at Las Vegas Market last month!

Now is also the time to take inventory of your dishware; individual plates and glasses and cups and also serve ware.  I like to have a good number of inexpensive small glass plates and glasses on hand so I can serve my guests with something nicer than plastic and not have to rent.  I've used those items much more than I've used my fine china.  

Finally, consider what decor will grace the center of your table to be the focal point of your meal.  This may be one glorious item to get you through the season or a fresh creation from your local florist.  


Analyze your living room to be certain it can comfortably accommodate the crowd and the Christmas tree.  Think now about how you will rearrange the room just for the event or events you're planning.  Do you need anything new?  Check out my list of quick fixes for this room.


If the holidays will bring overnight guests, you'll want to make sure your guest room is up to par with any five-star resort; a comfortable bed and linens, storage for guests things, a place to sit, grooming necessities such as a full-length mirror.  Go here to see my guest room checklist.


If you're planning a special holiday event, address your guests' comfort in your home.  Have you been delaying getting your half-bath or powder room up to date?  This is the time to get that project done.  Be certain your powder room ( and other baths that guest may use) has a fresh coat of paint or better yet, dress it up with a unique wallcovering.  It may need new tile and plumbing and lighting, too  Don't forget the little things - trash can, soap and lotion dispensers and the towels that you don't allow your family members to touch.  Finish it off with a fresh flower arrangement or orchid for the party.  Your guests will be so impressed they may not want to leave the powder room.  

A bath remodel is no small feat, so if this is something that needs to be done in your home, do not tarry in getting started.


Go ahead and inventory your seasonal decor well ahead of time; Christmas tree and wreaths, lights and centerpieces.  If you use an artificial Christmas tree, now's the time to think about its condition. If you've used it several years and it's looking a little like Charlie Brown's twig before the magic, it may be time to think about a new one.  Take advantage of sales that vendors such as Frontgate will undoubtedly be having early.  I like Balsam Hill for a variety of realistic artificial trees and wreaths.


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