Quick Tips for Festive Holiday Entertaining

Updated 3/10/23

Bassett BenchMade Dining Table with Chairs, Bennch and Banquette

Nothing makes the holidays more festive than a dinner party at home, especially when that home has been prepared with all the coziness and good cheer you can muster. When deciding how to get ready for a party, take a quick look around the living room and dining room, and let your mind wander to party setup ideas that will keep the mood light and cheery.

This article explains ways to enhance your Christmas party decorating, including ways to arrange your furniture and home decor for your holiday guests. Before you start gathering the ingredients for your special pie crust, let us offer three dinner party tips to keep your home sparkling and your guests relaxed and comfortable.

Dinner Party Tip #1: A Serve-Yourself-Serving Area

For an effortless party launch, start your Christmas party decorating by setting up a drink station on your buffet server to beckon guests after they drop their coats. While you finish dinner prep, guests can serve themselves. Also, since appetizers take up a lot of real estate on the kitchen island, arrange the apps on the buffet server and the cocktail napkins.

Use your buffet server to hold wine bottles, water, spare utensils, and side dishes during dinner. Arranging all these things on the buffet server keeps you at the table rather than running back and forth.

Dinner Party Tip #2: A Seat at the Table

When preparing your Christmas party decorations for dinner, ensure your guests have enough elbow room to pass the gravy. Nothing is more inviting than a modern dining table like our Louisa Maple Rectangle Leaf Table filled with your favorite holiday foods, festively decorated and surrounded by family and friends. If you need to add a leaf or two, that’s OK – the more, the merrier!

As Bassett Furniture design consultant Luci Most says, “I love a long rustic holiday table with lots of candles and beautiful table accessories. Adding a bench keeps it warm and cozy. BenchMade is the perfect solution for any family occasion. Serve family style so you can be a part of the action.”

Dinner Party Tip #3: A Mingle-Friendly Living Room

Moving to Christmas party decorating for the living room, layer your lighting to create a festive atmosphere. Serve coffee and desserts away from the dining table. A cozy sectional within reach of an end table invites guests to sip and linger.

Have a guest who wants a job? Direct them to the coffee table and allow them to help distribute the dessert coffee.

Holidays are defined by memories made around your furniture, and these dinner party tips will keep your guests smiling throughout the season. For dinner party memories designed to last a lifetime, warm up your home with Bassett Furniture’s BenchMade furniture – handcrafted with as much care as your favorite appetizer.