I always tend to go over the top at my get-togethers, and the holidays are no exception. I have a Christmas party every year, and it is always such a thrill with the decorations and festive mood. Make sure your music mix is set and lengthy. This is a must to ensure you are not disrupted by an ending playlist. I like to have Franz Liszt’s “Ave Maria” and Johnny Mathis early on, and then move into Wham!’s “Last Christmas” and The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” later on. If you can, it is always nice to have someone to tend bar. I like to staff someone to manage this so my guests are free to mingle and I don’t have to worry about warm champagne.
I have a steamer trunk from the turn of the century filled with decades full of antique ornaments, so I can go in many different directions year after year with theme. Although I am very edited in regards to my collection and home décor, I love an “everything but the kitchen sink” tree. It feels more authentic, and unless you have a tree full of exquisite and expensive ornaments, many times when you go for a single theme the result looks cheap. Ornaments should be collected over time, and your tree should feel like a history of Christmas.
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