The holiday season is fast approaching. For many, this means stress, but it doesn’t have to. Take it from us, you can be a guest at your own party, if you plan ahead and keep it simple !
Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis agrees and this month she tells Women’s Health her secrets to enjoying the festivities. In the article she “dishes” her tricks on making entertaining look easy and how she stays slim while doing it all. Here is some of what she had to share…
Giada De Laurentiis: Top 8 Tips To Be a Guest at Your Own Party:
- Enlist Help: Giada is good at making the juggling act of entertaining look easy, but she’s quick to admit she’s not pulling it off solo. While she focuses on the food, her husband, clothing designer Todd Thompson, prepares the cocktails and flowers. “I find the things that I know people around me are good at and enjoy doing, and that’s what I have them do.” But there’s one task Giada never gives up: the shopping. “I have a menu in mind, but I’m a visual, tactile person,” she says. “I have to see my stuff. It’s what I like to do. It helps me to relax.”
- Keep Your Hair Casual: “Quite frankly, I think it allows people to take a deep breath and say, ‘Ah, she’s not all done up,’” she says. “It almost makes you a little more accessible to your guests, and it takes their guard down.” Not to mention you won’t be stressing about keeping your blowout from frizzing up. (Giada’s go-to party look of late? Pigtail braids.)
- What to wear: Aim for something comfortable and accident masking. For Giada that means a light, flowy dress made of a breathable fabric. “There’s something elegant yet comfortable about a dress,” she says. And just in case one of her famous sauces splatters, she’ll be prepared. “A lot of times I’ll wear something printed so it disguises anything on me.” She loves dresses from A.L.C., Parker, and Rebecca Taylor.
- Bring the Party with You: No reason to have FOMO* at your own soiree. “If you get caught in a conversation and you need to check on something in the kitchen, say, ‘Let’s push this conversation to the kitchen—I’m dying to hear the rest of the story, but I just want to make sure I’m not burning our food,’” says Giada. “Bring them into what you’re doing.”
- Decide What You’ll Serve Where: If you have white couches, don’t offer red wine nearby. “When you entertain, you have to be OK with the fact that accidents can happen,” says Giada. But you can be strategic. She serves white wine and beer—things she “can get out without stressing”—in the living room and keeps red wine at the table. “I don’t let my 4-year old eat spaghetti where she could splatter it. Because I’m a mother, I think about those things all the time.
- Create a Signature Cocktail: And serve it up right out of the gate. “A themed cocktail is a conversation starter,” says Giada. Take advantage of the homey aromas of the season. “Ginger and cinnamon will make the house smell like the holidays, which feels warm and cozy. It really sets a nice tone.”
- Invite One Light- Up-the-Room Type: “My husband and I have a few friends who we know are going to be the life of the party, and we try to invite them as often as we can.”
- Gently Nudge Guests Out the Door: You don’t have to scream “Party’s over!” to prompt an exit. “Todd and I have a discussion ahead of time about when I have to be in bed,” confesses Giada. When it’s time for guests to go, Todd starts to clean the dishes—a subtle hint the party’s wrapping up.
and here are some of Giada’s secrets not included in the Women’s Health article
- “ I don’t eat a lot of anything. A little bit of everything, but not a lot of everything. Small meals all day long.”
- “I would eat chocolate all day long. I also like rose wine.”
- “My #1 style rule is comfortable. I want to look sophisticated and elegant, but I also want to be comfortable”
- “Best beauty tip would be manicured fingernails and lipstick.”
- “Best advice was from my grandfather. ‘Work hard, play hard and smile a lot while doing it.’ And I think the smile makes me happy.”
We believe in the following principles and it looks like Giada agrees!
Party Bluprints - Entertaining at home is a joyful and fulfilling experience. It can be one of the most intimate and memorable ways to connect with family and friends. It’s a gift you give your guests and is meant to be shared!
Giada - “I think it’s a very personal thing to have people over to your house, so I try to make it as relaxed an atmosphere as possible. If you’re coming over to my house, I’m saying you’re special, and everyone gets the family treatment.”
Party Bluprints – It’s the MOOD not just the FOOD!
Giada - “More than the food or the best wine—more than anything else—it’s the laughter, that makes a cocktail party successful.”
Party Bluprint – Remember the most beautiful thing at your party is the people!
Giada – “It’s about the people who are at the party.”
* I had no idea what FOMO stood for, in case you didn’t either, it’s “Fear Of Missing Out”