If You're a Serial Entertainer
If you’re like me, and LOVE entertaining, it can be easy to find yourself constantly hosting events, both big and small. However, the downside can be obvious: more to do and less time to do it!
In order to stay ever-ready for fun occasions when they pop up (sometimes with little notice), I have a few helpful tips!
First, it is my strong belief that having a designated area somewhere in the house (mine is in the basement), where all supplies and accoutrements for each holiday are kept is a great place to start. It may seem like a simple idea, but trust me, it makes all the difference when you need to find the right decor for the holiday or party.
I also find that it is best to organize by the type of event or holiday you’ll be hosting. Keeping individual boxes or storage containers for each of the ‘big holidays’ (Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover, Yom Kippur, etc.) is a great way to stay organized. Keep these boxes marked clearly with what their contents are, and you’ll have no trouble finding the best decor and serving pieces when the occasion arrives!
Then, elsewhere in the house, find an area for other types of party prep like cocktail napkins, candles, cake toppers, votives, tea lights, tapers, hurricane holders for different-sized candles and, of course, dishes. For me, this place is in my bar cabinet in my kitchen. These should be stored in families with their serving pieces with or very close to them.
As for extra serving pieces, they should be stored so they are easily found depending on the mood of the event. For example, formal pieces and silver can be kept in one area, while all-white can be stored in another. More ‘rustic’ serving items like cheese boards and baskets should all be housed together as well.
For outdoor decor, there should be a designated place of its own. A few good storage locations could be very near to the patio or yard door, or in a specific place in your garage, potentially with all your other party decor containers.
Keeping up on your holiday and party-item storage in this way will help you focus more on enjoying the actual occasion, and not getting bogged down in locating all the supplies for it!