(BPT) – There’s no doubt that hosting during the holiday season is a learned skill that gets better with practice. Between the food, detailed decor, guest list and gifts, the hours leading up to the event can be one of the most stressful parts of the holidays. To master the art of keeping it simple this time of year, Keurig Rivo has teamed up with lifestyle expert and party stylist Camille Styles to curate easy do-it-yourself tips and shortcuts that will have you hosting a holiday get-together in no time.
1. Streamline your holiday decor.
By keeping ornaments and decor to one color scheme, it’s easy to ensure that your home and tree are cohesive and consistent. I committed to a white and silver palette years ago, and mix it up each season by introducing different accent colors like red, green and gold.
2. Wrap as you buy.
Save yourself from gift wrapping chaos by wrapping presents as they’re purchased. Not only does this keep you from cramming last minute, but it allows you to be more laid back and creative with each present.
3. Wow your guests by being your own at-home barista with the Keurig RIVO system.
Whether guests want a double espresso or an iced soy latte, be prepared to brew the perfect cup at the touch of a button. With this system, it’s never been easier to brew and enjoy authentic Italian espresso in your home.
4. Have freshly baked cookies ready to go at all times.
Make your favorite cookie dough from scratch ahead of time, then freeze it so that you’re always ready to roll it out and bake a fresh batch when unexpected holiday visitors stop by.
5. Always be party-ready with a festive holiday playlist.
At the start of the season, arrange a playlist that’s perfect for a holiday gathering. When guests drop by, all you’ll need to do it press play to get the party started.
6. Set a crafty kids table.
Keep the kids entertained with a butcher paper-topped table that makes dinner time a lot more fun. Set out Christmas stickers and plenty of crayons for hours of entertainment.
7. Go for the green.
In lieu of an expensive floral arrangement, keep the table green this year by taking leftover branches from your tree and using them as part of your centerpiece. Fill in with tall taper candles and votives to play with height and add a festive glow.
8. Expect the unexpected.
Forgot someone on your list? That’s not a problem when you keep a few extra gifts on hand that are wrapped and ready to go. Some fool-proof items include scented candles, soaps and lotions, barware and bottles of bubbly.