Simple but fun: Consider offering one special holiday drink that can be mixed ahead of time, like sangria in pitchers or a Christmas Champagne punch.
Stocking a bar? You don't have to go all out; vodka, gin and bourbon are the most common choices for mixed drinks. For gadgets, check our bar guide.
Include non-alcoholic options: Sodas, fruit juices, maybe a special Christmas sparkling cider. Let guests help themselves with an ice-filled party tub.
Offer an unexpected treat: Liqueurs or cordials with Christmas desserts.
“Buffet” is French for “no worries.” Right?
Make things easy on yourself this Christmas with a buffet set-up. A few of your homemade favorites, a few quirky or exotic take-out dishes and lots of bowls filled with nuts or olives—that will keep everyone happy and chatty. Find more ideas and recipes in our Tasting Party® Guide.
Drinks: According to professional event planners, each guest usually consumes 2-3 drinks during a party's first hour; 1 drink every hour after that. Other good things to know:
1 bottle of wine = 4 servings
1 bottle of Champagne = 6 servings
1 fifth bottle = 25 shots; or about 17 mixed drinks
Glasses: Plan on at least 3 glasses per person, since guests can misplace or change their drink. Not sure which glasses you need? Consult our simple drinkware guide.
Food: You can estimate that each guest will probably eat 5-6 appetizers per hour. Plan on 2 appetizer plates per guest.
Details: You can never set out too many coasters or napkins. Your furniture surfaces will be protected and so will your sanity.