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Having Guests This Holiday Season

Updated on November 14, 2014

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Having Guests This Holiday Season

The holidays are always a time for families and friends to gather. Having guests over can have several meanings, and each meaning comes with its unique needs. The guests can be coming for a one night party, after which they will go home. Another possibility is a day long visit from family members, perhaps and even most likely coincided with other visiting family members who will literally fill your house for a day. Or, family members who travel far may stay with you for several days.

The Party Guests

Throwing a successful party and making party guests happy requires food and beverage, and it certainly helps if the party is properly decorated for the occasion. This can start with the serving dishes.

Make things simple for yourself, or risk being exhausted for your event. Some supermarkets have a deli, and many of those deli sections have a list of prices posted, and also printed, for entire trays or pans of party food. Ask for a brochure and look it over, do not make the decision in the supermarket. You need time to make certain you will have everything ordered that you need, and not far too much of anything. Yes, you can devour some leftovers over a few days but there are limits as to how much excess you can eat. It is better to not run out of food, of course, than have guests wanting, but keep the excess at a reasonable amount. You may need to place a second order with the bakery department of the store for snacks. The departments occasionally operate independently.

Beverages can be picked up without prior ordering. Usually, supermarkets have ample supplies of beverages. Chios and other items that are easily found may be picked up from the shelves as well.

The party supplies are easy to find, since you can but nice party packs. A party pack should have plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils. Some may include other items, like tablecloths. Some may have both dessert and beverage napkins, and some may include dessert dishes. They do all indicate the total number of pieces included, and give a picture. Once you find a party pack with what you need, just see how many it will serve and determine how many of each item you will need for the expected guests. It is a good idea to add more plastic forks because some will be dropped. And if you think you need extra cups, just order them. Yes, children lose their cups.

The alternative is to wash dishes after the party ends, and risk running out of dishes during the party.

Another reason for paper is that if there should be a power failure you can still serve your guests. And power failures do occur.

Day Long Family Visits

For a day long family visit you can either buy party packs or individual items. If several meals are being consumed dishes will be tossed during the day, and replacements will be needed. It may be more economical to buy large packs of plates, cups, and napkins, and use seasonal party supplies for the main meal served during the visit. Family guests often require that you pay less attention to decorating, and are content with generic plates.

Football Party Pack

Football Party Pack for 8
Football Party Pack for 8

Includes seven inch plates, cups,luncheon napkins, and a tablecloth.


The Prolonged Visit

If you are expecting guests over a longer period, you may have multiple special dinners or parties, such as Christmas and New Years. You can get the appropriate party supplies, order the food, and celebrate twice. But, in the time between just use bulk paper and plastic products.

If there is to be a football watching party in between, just get a football party pack. If people will cheer for different teams, I recommend the generic football pack, just celebrate the game together.

If anyone complains about not using the fine china and crystal service, just give directions for carefully washing the dishes later. They should quickly go along with paper and plastic.

As for what you will do to entertain houseguests for a longer period, I recommend several outings during the visit. Where you will take your guests is unique to their tastes and what is available locally. Any entertainment should focus on the guests first, and the host or hostess only of possible within the confines of making the guests have a delightful visit.

Finding Party Packs

I recommend you start with party packs I have shown here from Amazon. Enter the site and search for similar products. The selection is large. And it can be searched leisurely.


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      Blackspaniel1 3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love the idea of using generic plates. I believe the focus should be on the guests and less on the formality of the visit. Great ideas and advice for having a wonderful Christmas season.

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      Blackspaniel1 3 years ago

      I have twice gone away after Christmas and missed New Years, but never have I gone for Christmas, and this year I have no travel plans.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ah, am so happy that this Christmas, we will be on holiday so not much to prepare. I do miss the fun though.