I dearly love to entertain, and for the past couple of years I've hosted a Christmas brunch at my place for my group of girlfriends. I like doing brunch because - who doesn't love breakfast foods! It gives me an excuse to serve bacon, and bake up some delicious cinnamon buns. Plus a variety of other dishes of course. Eggs will always make an appearance in some form. As will the mimosas!
Mixing up your holiday entertaining can keep things fresh for you and your guests. Evening cocktail parties and big family dinners are the mainstays of this time of year, so a midday brunch or casual afternoon open house provide a welcome change. This is becoming especially true for me, as the older I get, the earlier I want to get to bed each night!
An afternoon drop-in with buffet-style noshing.
Church and Dwight have pulled together some ideas to help you wow your guests this holiday season. From decor tips to keeping everything clean, I'm happy to share them with you here!
Establish a colour scheme
The secret to fabulous décor is to keep the colour palette simple and focus on two complementary colours. On trend for this holiday season is pairing opposite colours together. Once the basic palette is set, add in a third accent colour, such as silver or gold. This will help complete the look and bring it to life.
Try opting for slight variations on the traditional red and green. Some colour pairings that you can try this year include:
• Mint and blush for a feminine and vintage look
• Plum and teal for a sophisticated and elegant feel
• Navy (or turquoise) and red, which gives your typical nautical decor a festive holiday flair
• Green and fuchsia to create something preppy and fun
• Red and grey for a chalet-chic look
Keep these colour schemes in mind when purchasing accent pillow covers, table linens, napkins and runners.
PRO TIP: If you’re hosting multiple parties, you can keep the festive colours looking new and radiant throughout the holiday season by using OxiClean™ Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover. It helps to fight tough stains (think red wine and gravy) while safeguarding colours.
Deb's Notes: I have tended to deep red, gold, and ivory in my Christmas decor. I want to mix it up though. I'm currently working on a wreath in teal, purple, lime, and navy to see how I feel about it. Colour really sets the mood.
Set the mood… and table
The dinner table is the focal point of any holiday gathering! To make it more memorable, every tablescape needs the following:
• Flow: Don’t overpack your table with too many decorations. Keep it simple so there’s plenty of elbow room between guests and enough space for dessert on the table.
• Greenery and flowers: No décor is complete without succulents or fresh cut flowers, especially during the holidays. This year, try creating your own unique centrepieces by layering pine branches, Christmas ornaments and fresh flowers overtop a festive table runner.
• Table linens: Take a more casual approach to your brunch table linens. Mixing and matching colours and patterns keeps the meal light-hearted and bright. Notice a spill or stain once your guests have gone? Use OxiClean™ Max Force™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater to help tackle even the greasiest spills and stains.
• Rethink your serving plates: For a casual and natural feeling buffet style brunch, set aside the traditional serving platters and opt for more rustic materials such as slate, wood or marble. You can also try mixing vintage dishes with new items for classic yet modern feel.
PRO TIP: To make cleaning up even easier, start with a clean dishwasher when your guests arrive and load it throughout the meal. Using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ Dishwasher Detergent and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster is also a must during the holidays as they remove tough, stuck on stains and keep your precious dishes looking sparkling.
Deb's Notes: I love my wood servers and think they make everything placed on them look that much more delicious. Add a sprig of pine or spray of red berries for a festive touch.
Think beyond the tree
During the holiday season, people often focus on the tree and forget about the rest of their house. Try placing small wreaths or pretty bowls filled with ornaments in different rooms. Using strings of lights indoors is also a fun way to decorate. You can also bundle up small white lights and place them in glass jars to add a little sparkle to any room.
Deb's Notes: I can't imagine not decorating multiple rooms and surfaces. I don't hang corner to corner garlands like my grandmother did, but there are festive soap dispensers and candles in the bathrooms, and Christmas towels, mugs, and trivets in the kitchen. The family or living room isn't the only place to celebrate the holidays!
To help get you and your home ready for holiday entertaining, Church and Dwight are offering the following prize pack to one lucky RMB reader:
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