The holidays are stressful enough so why add more stress to a time of year that should be relaxing and fun, and spent doing things that involve friends and family. Can you do that? Well if you can’t or don’t know how you can get some great holiday (or any time of the year) tips from Sabrina Soto. Sabrina is an author, HGTV designer. She is Target’s style expert for Home and has been seen on The Today Show, Wendy Williams, Good Morning America, Rachel Ray, The View, The Chew, The Talk and more. She has a great idea for any occasion or question you can throw her way. I got the chance to ask Sabrina a few questions about planning the perfect holiday party and I love her ideas and will for sure incorporate them in my festivities this year and for years to come.
I am putting together a holiday gathering at my home, and am always at a loss as to what to serve or how to pull it all together since I am busy and it seems that I wait till the last minute to do things. Well Sabrina said to plan. That is a hard one for me. Well, not really as I do plan and make lists but then get busy and so things just end up being last minute. But her tip on planning, and even setting everything up in my home the night before the party is great. I love the tip on having stations. So, in my kitchen I can have my food station and in my bar my cocktail station and in my living room by the tree, my gift station. That will keep people mingling and moving thru my home and not just all gathering in one area.
There is a temptation to do like she suggested and have a potluck, but since I love to cook and love to try new things I think this year I will do all of that, and maybe keep the potluck idea for a future gathering at my home.
I love the idea a gift exchange but wasn’t really sure how to pull it off since I can’t ask everyone to buy for everyone, so I thought I would ask each guest to bring one gift that was a non gender gift. Sabrina had some great suggestions for ideas on gifts. Things like wine glasses and win, coffee mugs and fresh coffee, or gift certificates. If you check out my Pinterest I have repined some great gift ideas from Target.
When I host a party I like to give each of my guests a special gift, just from me. I am always at a loss as to what that should be. I can’t always afford to spend a ton of money. Sabrina had a great idea… Cookies in a jar! I love that!! Simple, easy to make, and something everyone loves. I also found a few other ideas, that you can also find on my Pinterest board ~ Smart Gifting. Look for the hashtag #Mykindofholiday to find all I have pinned.
Have you put on an event recently and were at a loss for what or how to do it? Sabrina offers great tips on many things at her website. Check it out, and don’t get stressed next time you are planning something.
You can check out my interview with Sabrina Soto on Youtube below ~
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