The Stress-Free Holiday Party Plan
Step 3: Manage the Mood
Turn off your bright overheads and use amber votive holders, which give off a warm glow. (Embossed fleur-de-lis candleholders, $2 each, pier1.com.) Decorate with metallic accents—they’re instantly festive and bounce light around. Tape light and dimmer switches in place so guests won’t lean on them and ruin the vibe.
To infuse the party with holiday cheer without subjecting folks to back-to-back tracks of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Feliz Navidad,” mix “traditional holiday songs with favorite party tunes in a ratio of 3 to 10,” says Kobrin. Try one of these festive playlists:
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