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12 Creative Ideas & Tips for Holiday Entertaining

by Lauren Chorpening

With the holidays quickly approaching, we’re starting to plan our schedules, decor and menus for our family gatherings and holiday parties. Hosting people is one of the reasons Design*Sponge loves interiors. Countless Sneak Peeks over the years end their home tours with, “What I love most about my home is having friends over dinner,” or a similar sentiment. It’s not easy to host people (especially over the holidays when everyone comes with different expectations of what traditions should be), but we’ve collected a few fun and creative ideas when it comes to decor, setting the table and easy recipes to try. What do you do to celebrate the holidays with guests in your home? –Lauren

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Make your own floral arrangement instead of purchasing one. Head to the flower market the day before your event and follow Elizabeth Ulrich's process to creating a custom centerpiece.
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This tasseled placemat DIY is a fun way to bring more personality to the table. Make the project even more time-efficient by purchasing premade tassels at a fabric store.
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This DIY leafy wreath has gorgeous texture and dimension. The mixture of evergreen, eucalyptus, magnolia leaves and pinecones will smell and look amazing over a dining buffet table or on the front door.
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Don't worry if you don't have a full set of plates or glasses. Embrace a collection of varying heights and shapes like Matt's set. If the pieces are in the same color family, they will work together.
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Crostini are a perfect appetizer because toppings can be prepped in advance and assembled just minutes before guests arrive. These three crostini ideas are worth a try.
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Create geometric place card holders to let guests easily find their seat. Rosemary breaks up the brown foods on the table with a pop of green, and the shape of the holders makes the event more modern.
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An interesting and beautiful centerpiece like this takes less time and stems than a full, traditional arrangement. It'll become an easy talking point when conversation quiets down.
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Put up a garland to add a festive feel to your event. This one is an easy DIY you can print at home.
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Celebrate the season with a stunning and simple door swag. Pull in a satin ribbon that matches the holiday decor in your home.
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Set the scent with homemade potpourri made from ingredients in the kitchen pantry. The delicious smells of the season add to the party atmosphere.
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This collection of holiday baking recipes will satisfy guests young and old.

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