Holiday Hosting Tips and Tricks + Kirkland’s Holiday Hostess

This post brought to you buy Kirkland’s.  As always, opinions are my own.

Hey, friends!  With the holiday in full-swing I thought I’d share some holiday hosting tips and tricks with you today.  These are simple, minimal-fuss ideas you can do for your next holiday gathering.

Great holiday hosting tips and tricks!

Drink stations are always a must.  Have all your drinks and drink necessities in one central location.  It’s also a good idea to have water readily available in case some party animals aren’t alcohol or soft beverage people.  Instead of them filling up their glasses from the kitchen faucet, set out a drink dispenser filled with water.

drink dispenser

To jazz up the water, you can make cranberry ice cubes.  Just plop some cranberries into an ice tray, add water, freeze, and you’re ready to go!

cranberry ice cubes

Don’t worry about the water getting a cranberry taste.  In my experience, the water doesn’t taste like cranberries.

cranberry icecubes

Instead of regular straws, invest in some festive striped paper straws.  They only cost a few bucks, and they add character to the drink station.

paper straws

For the wine drinkers, it’s thoughtful to put out wine glass charms so people can tell their glasses apart.  Think of it as the classy alternative to writing your name in Sharpie on your Solo cup.

wine glass charm

Use a fun container to corral the wine glass charms.  I use a random candle holder.

displaying wine glass charms

Need a quick decor idea?  Put Christmas items like ornaments and tinsel in large containers like these oversized glass mason jars.  These would look perfect on a food table or centerpieces on dining tables.

mason jars

Serving chips and dip?  Look into a chip and dip bowl with the bowl built in– so much more convenient than having to carry two different bowls to your food table.  It’s also a great for watching football– setting one bowl on your lap is easier than two.

chip and dip bowl

3 of my blogger friends are sharing more holiday hostess ideas.  Stop by and check them out!

Kelly at View Along the Way
Jenna at SAS Interiors
Carrie at Making Lemonade

Tonight we’re all co-hosting a twitter party at 8PM EDT.  Kirkland’s, who recently launched their K Club rewards program, will be giving away gift cards and we’ll be sharing more hosting ideas and tips.  Use the hashtag #HolidayHostess.

And to help you with your holiday hosting, we’re giving away two $100 Kirkland’s gift cards!  You must use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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  1. says

    LOVE the tip about the cranberry ice cubes! Much prettier than plain ol’ water. The jars look amazing with their ornaments and tinsel too. Great tips, bud! Looking forward to our little twitter chat tonight!

  2. Erin P says

    I also LOVE the cranberry beverage dispenser! How fun and festive…my kids would think it’s cool too! Thanks for yhe opportunity and Happy Holidays!

  3. Abby Hostetler says

    Why have I never thought about the cranberry ice cubes??? Really classes up the water dispenser. And by the way, I NEED the Elise Wood Wine Cabinet from Kirkland’s!!

  4. says

    I adore the look of the cranberries in the water jug and also the ice cube trays. I will definitely have to give these two ideas a try!

  5. Megan CC says

    Love the beverage dispenser. I had one that we like ok, but it accidentally got left behind when we moved across country, so time for a new one!

  6. Melinda W says

    Great tips – love the drink dispenser, the chip n’ dip bowl, and the large mason jars. Might have to go get some! Thanks to Kirklands!

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  8. Brie says

    What fun ideas! And Kirklands … love their stuff. The sunburst bling mirror caught my eye on their website. :)

  9. Meg says

    Adding cranberries to anything makes it “christmasy” I love glass canisters with chalkboard labels. You could easily add cranberries to one container and just label it “ahhh Christmas” 😀

  10. says

    Love the drink dispenser — where did you get the galvanized stand? l’m going to have to try the cranberries tip. And I need to swing by Kirkland’s to get some Christmas gifts!

  11. says

    We are gearing up to move again and if love to outfit our new house with Kirkland’s decor! I’ve had my eye on some new candle sconces to match the iron scroll wall ornament I bought from your store a while back.

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