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If you’re the type who enjoys throwing a swanky holiday soiree at your home, it’s time to start planning this year’s festivities. For avid entertainers and party-goers alike, it’s all about getting together and spreading the cheer in high style. As you start making preparations, here are several ideas to ensure a memorable holiday bash.

Signature Cocktail
Of course, it’s always nice to have a full bar to serve your guests their preferred drink, but a fun way to get everyone into party mode is having your own signature cocktail for the party. You can get creative with seasonal ingredients, like cinnamon and maple, or try doing your own version of a hot buttered rum. Make a large batch ahead of time so that you’ll have one less thing to worry about when guests arrive.

Festive Table Settings
If it’s going to be a sit-down dinner, then table settings are the perfect place to put the holiday spirit on full display. By making a centerpiece with holly berries, pine cones and evergreen, you’ll also be filling your dining room with seasonal scents that everyone associates with the holidays. Citrus pomanders are another favorite for visual and aromatic appeal.

Focus on Ambiance
The ideal holiday party is a full sensory experience, so pay extra attention to music and lighting. Candles are a great way to capture a nostalgic and intimate feeling and, of course, you’ll want to have a fire burning all night to keep everyone toasty. A classic holiday playlist will set the tone and have guests ready to enjoy themselves as soon as they walk in.

Thoughtful Party Favors
At the end of the night, impress your guests with a thoughtfully curated gift bag to send them on their way. Select a few of your favorite seasonal goodies to share, like a gourmet hot chocolate or artisanal cheese, and you’ll be on everyone’s nice list this year. After all, it’s the season of giving!