SET THE MOOD AND THE TABLE
Setting the table is something you can do well in advance of your guests’ arrival, too. Before your event, make sure you have enough plates and sets of cutlery, steam your tablecloth, and order your holiday florals well in advance. And of course, make sure your table and chairs are in hosting shape! Nothing will dampen the mood of your party like the table collapsing under the weight of your turkey. If your dining set has seen better days, or it’s too small, you might want to consider a new one. Nothing is worse than bumping elbows with your table mate all night because the host crammed all the guests around a small table. If you’re hosting often, it may be time to consider table extensions or a bigger set.