How to Entertain Over The Holidays

The holidays are about spending quality time with those we love. In fact, it’s my favorite time of year. Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean I’m done entertaining either. The New Year is just around the corner, and this year I wanted to switch things up for my family and friends to entertain over the holidays. Just a few easy steps to make enjoying the holidays all that more special.


Instead of the traditional turkey dinner to entertain over the holidays, I decided to do what we did last year which was a big hit with my family and host a fabulous holiday brunch instead. Along with this comes the perfect setting. Here are some tips and tricks to elevate your own brunch and turn the expected to the unexpected.

Establish A Color Scheme

The key to a great brunch is establishing a great color scheme. You can go fancy or even dollarstore, it doesn’t matter. Just as long as you have two colors that compliment one another. The trend for the holiday season is pairing opposite colors together and then add a third accent color such as silver or gold. This brings your holiday look to life for your guests.

Color schemes are also great for making your guests feel more relaxed. Colors such as mint and blush for a feminine vintage look. Or plum and teal for something more sophisticated. How about red and turquoise for a more retro look. Or navy and red to give a traditional festive look. Don’t think just table decorations either when thinking of a color scheme. Think accent pillows, covers, table linens, napkins and table 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.


Set the mood and the table

The dinner table is your focal point for any holiday gathering. So make it memorable. Every table needs the following to reach impact.

Flow: Don’t over-pack the table with too many decorations. Keep it simple so there is lots of space for bumping elbows between guests, and make sure you can clear room for dessert on the table.

Flowers: Cut fresh flowers during the holidays are divine. You can even go out on a limb and create your own centerpieces with pine branches and rustic decor. Add some Christmas ornaments over-top a festive table runner.

Linens: Make sure your linens match your color scheme. Mix and match to keep your meal light-hearted and fun. Use slate marble or wood instead of traditional serving plates. Use vintage dishes and new items for a vintage and yet modern look.

PRO TIP: If you notice stains once your company leaves that’s easy. Grab your OxiClean™ Max Force™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater to help tackle even the greasiest spills and stains left behind and put your worries aside


Think beyond the tree

The holidays go beyond the Christmas tree. Although I focus on my tree of course, I also think about the rest of my house. Try placing small wreaths, photos, bowls filled with ornaments or pine cones around the room. Use a string of lights inside a glass jar to add some sparkle to any room.

43 Comments

  1. Stephanie LaPlante January 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Choose a theme and go crazy with it. So much fun finding pretty treasures for your home.

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  2. Tava January 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    stick to classic decor so you can reuse the majority of it year to year – the cost of all the disposable decor adds up so invest in timeless pieces – like a wardrobe for your house!

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  3. Jennifer Ward January 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Awesome hints and tips

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  4. lyn212 January 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I like to make homemade items to hang around the house – it helps the wallet.

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  5. Florence Cochrane January 8, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I always purchase a new decoration each year to add to my collection and I eliminate ones I no longer want to use.

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  6. Elizabeth R January 8, 2017 at 5:01 am

    We store all the decorations in one place so it is easy to find everything.

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  7. Julie F January 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I prep as much before hand as possible!

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  8. Katrina January 7, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Cook the turkey the night before for less stress the day of.

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  9. Lindsay T January 7, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    My daughters love creating new holiday crafts to decorate around our home!

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  10. krystyl olson January 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I love the color combo suggestions! how perfect (and they can be utilized in many different aspects – photography, fashion, and as per your post, entertaining! …. my suggestion is to pace yourself and do anything in advance as possible. start early and dont forget to breathe!

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  11. LILLIAN BROWN January 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I keep a “red coloured file” and put all the recipes that I want to use over the holidays in it through out the year. I like make ahead and few ingredient recipes for entertaining so I can enjoy my party.

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  12. Monique L.S. January 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I do minimal decorations. The tree is our focal point. Makes it easier for us as we don’t have so many things to worry about and put away for next year.

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  13. Judy Cowan January 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

    One of my decoration tips is to buy the small gift bags from the dollar store that match your theme for everyone’s place setting and then fill them will treats.

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  14. Robyn Bellefleur January 7, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I save and store my decorations every year and have the kids pitch in to help put them up and take them down.

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  15. Seham M January 7, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I use DIY’s tips from pinterest to save money

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  16. Gord January 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Do as much preparing ahead of time. Put out any snacks for your guests to keep them from getting hungry. Put some decorated and scented candles out and light them just before guests arrive.

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  17. Tainan Lu January 6, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t decorate for holidays.

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  18. jan January 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Go to someone else’s house! 🙂

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  19. Josh S January 6, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I make some of the decorations and reuse what I can.

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  20. joanne darrell January 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I like to decorate with family photos during the holidays.Also I like to use natural items such as pinecones.

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  21. angela m January 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I do my Christmas tree on a different day then the other decorations.

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  22. Irene Eichler January 2, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I let me kids decorate … they always have so much fun and it starts the holiday season off just perfect !

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  23. christine murray January 2, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Make a list of all you want to do and tackle them one at a time. Keep things simple.

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  24. Mike Gismondi January 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I buy decorations for next year at the end of the season when they’re on sale.

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  25. Soozle January 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

    My trick for decorating is to plan ahead; keep things to a minimum and dont stress about it!

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  26. erin mcsweeney December 31, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    use what you have around the house as much as possible

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  27. Elaine G December 31, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Make a list of everything you need to do and what to buy.Plan ahead and prep ahead as well.

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  28. edmontonjb December 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Buy now for next year. You can get incredible deals on gorgeous decorations right now.

    ~Jonnie

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  29. Juliee Fitze December 31, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I do what I can each day so my body doesn’t hurt all the time.

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  30. karine December 31, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Keep it concise if you can so it’s easier to clean up!

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  31. mylifeasamomsite December 31, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I start early and do a tote a day then I am not overwhelmed!! 🙂

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  32. Debbie S. December 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I love decorating for Christmas. I let my family help, and the most of everything outside is my husband’s doing. He loves decorating up the yard and outside of the house. My favorite tip is keeping the decoarating fun and warming. I use a lot of wood and natural products to bring in the spirit of Christmas into our house.

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  33. Tara Betterley December 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I keep decorations to a minimum and the outdoor lights – I put up early in November while it is still warm – don’t have to plug them in but, at least they are up and you are not trying to fight snow and ice to get them up.

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  34. Jeannie Lam December 30, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I like to stick a pine scented stick into my artificial Christmas tree to give it the pine scent. I also like to decorate minimally because sometimes less is more during the holidays.

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  35. Dianne G. December 30, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Decorate with foods in your dinner table or buffet. Instead of a cheese ball make it in the shape of an upright Christmas tree and roll it in parsley and decorate with bits of peppers or make it in the shape of a pine cone and use toasted almond slices stuck into it to look like the spikes on a pine cone, arrange your veggie tray in the shape of a tree and make ice cubes in holiday shapes for your punch bowl.

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  36. Tooth Fairy December 30, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    (3rd try to comment not using twitter this time ) The key is to have labeled organized containers or decore and xmas linens for easy access and set up following holiday season.

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  37. Karla (@ksceviour) December 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Prepare as much as possible ahead of time, nobody wants to be mussing and fussing around the holidays,,,enjoy yourself!

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  38. Glogirl December 30, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I like to add festive scents when decorating like burning candles with scents of cinnamon or pine.

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  39. Wendy hutton December 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    plan ahead, do whatever you can in advance, I do most of my baking earlier in the month and freeze it

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  40. charityk December 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    i always save decorations to reuse

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  41. ivy pluchinsky December 30, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Always do as much prep work as you can, and make sure you have all the ingredients

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