Any get together that involves yummy food, sipping champagne and surrounded by loved ones is a great event in my book. Add the Holiday spirit and you are hosting one memorable evening. Here are tips to have your guests mingle and jingle and how to pull off your first holiday dinner together newlywed style.

PUT YOUR REGISTRY ITEMS TO USE
Why not use some of your registry items for the first time on Christmas? You have to start somewhere so why not on one of the biggest entertaining days of the year? From the latest kitchen gadgets, to your new KitchenAid and serving platters, pull out all the stops for each course. And at the end of the evening have your guests retire to the living room with holiday cookies and mulled wine or coffees from your new french press!

SERVE UP A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Make this party your own by branding it with your very own signature cocktail. Give it a name and have an adorable custom sign created for it. Your guests will love to try it and it will make your life so much easier rather than having to play bartender all night. Before the guests arrive have a few pre-made with a platter of garnishes and drink stirs for them to style their drink with.

PICK UP ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS
Plan out everything you are cooking well in advanced. You don’t want to get ready to put the turkey in the oven only to find out you don’t have a roasting pan large enough or a tiered serving tray to serve your appetizers on. Make sure you are clear on each recipe gadget needed to complete your meal and to serve it on after.

MOOD VIBES
From holiday themes to the music and activities, there are a lot of ways to get your guests into the holiday spirit. In newlywed fashion and fresh off your wedding, I love the ideas of making a photo booth wall out of wrapping paper and having holiday props for guests to snap pictures when they arrive.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS