Holiday Hosting Tips from the Experts

Local experts offer tips for being the host with the most
Courtesy of She Knows

“Account for parking for your guests. Consider hiring a valet for the evening, especially in the winter months. Ladies in heels and icy roads don’t mix.”
-Ivy Robinson, Ivy Robinson Weddings & Events

“When serving wine, always use the twenty-minute rule. For white wine, take it out of the refrigerator twenty minutes before serving, and for red wine, put it in the refrigerator for twenty minutes.”
-Robert Balsley, Arthur’s wine shop

“Let your place cards start the conversation. Consider getting cards with preprinted messages such as ‘My favorite holiday memory is …’ so guests can share with one another.”
Kristen Stewart, Three Little Birds

“Pick a simple and diverse appetizer, like bruschetta. It’s rustic and pretty on a platter, and the bread makes it substantial. Shrimp is also great; it’s a protein, and it makes for an easy cleanup. Add a couple of cheeses and some crackers, and you have a very nice appetizer selection.”
Terry Whitney, Reid’s Fine Foods

“Dining centerpieces are so important, but they should be out of the ordinary and low to not block conversation. Fill empty spaces with multiple votive candles, preferably in reflective candleholders. Candle lighting makes everything an occasion. Use a candelabra or any glass container. Varying the heights of the candles makes for an interesting look as well.”
Mary T. Miller, Abode

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