Holiday entertaining is simple, thanks to the help of a clever self-serving station and other easy tricks! Designer, entertaining pro, and blogger Bre Doucette shares the easy, affordable how-to’s.
For more tips: Check out Doucette’s book, The Gift of Gathering (buy from Amazon, $30).
Set up a station on a folding shelf.
“The tiers of a folding bookshelf are perfect for serving up apps and drinks with grab-and-go ease,” says Doucette. Plus, the shelf makes use of vertical space in a room and can be broken down afterward for easy storage. It’s a simple and stress-free way to improve the look!
One to try: Casual Home 3-Shelf Folding Bookcase (Buy from Amazon, $61.84).
Add ambience with candles.
“Warm candlelight offers a gorgeous glow and cozy mood to your party,” she notes. What an easy way to brighten up your holiday entertaining! For a twinkling trio, add 3 battery-run pillars to saucers lined with pine and berry sprigs. Set a stackable shelf atop the bookshelf. Finally, place the trio on top.
One to try: SONGMICS Cabinet Shelf Organizers, Set Of Two (Buy from Amazon, $16.99).
Showcase apps on a spice rack.
“Displaying bite-size fare on the steps of a tiered spice rack gives each appetizer its own ‘stage’ so guests can see food more clearly,” she says. Just arrange fare by type on each step of spice rack, then set the rack on the bookshelf.
One to try: Better Homes & Gardens 3-Tier Expandable Spice Rack (Buy from Walmart, $12.74).
Corral supplies in chic baskets.
“Keeping plates, utensils and napkins at the ready for guests is essential,” notes Doucette. To start, roll cutlery in cloth dinner napkins, add to a basket and attach to wall with a sturdy stick-on hook. Then, keep extra napkins and plates in baskets on bottom shelf.
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.