Dec 17

Four Tips for Hosting the Perfect Holiday Party

So you didn’t grow up watching the Food Network, and you still have no clue how to cut a pineapple. No big deal! Or maybe you did and to you, the holidays are mostly an opportunity to craft your signature cheese trays, yule logs dusted in powdered sugar, and festive peppermint cocktails. (Show off.)

Let’s face it – either way, holiday parties can stress out even the savviest Colonel resident. Here are four tips to alleviate cold sweats and burnt fingers. Oh, and it helps that everything you need’s in the neighborhood:

Repeat after us:The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by drinking ridiculously good cocktails, year after year.” OK maybe that’s not exactly how it goes… regardless, warm everyone up with sweet-tart mulled wine. Or, if you prefer eggs in your drinks, make classic ‘nog (Stop by Field to City for supplies. Fair warning: their hours are strange).

Don’t buy everything from scratch. Thanksgiving prep took three weeks, remember? Order the “Smoked Charcuterie” party platter from local Neopol Smokery. It has everything from house-smoked pork loin to smoked olives (maybe make that two trays). Grab some artisan chips from Gallery Market & Cafe, and fudgy Valrhona Brownies from Frenchie’s Artisan Pastries and Desserts, and you’re set.

The right music = happier guests. It’s science. If you want to get all fancy with built-in speakers, so no one can escape Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” on repeat, MyerConnex has got you covered with surround sound installation. Once you’ve perfected your holiday playlist, have a seat and relax with this cool Cinnamon Twist cocktail.

Get the big tree. Even if you’re not in a Colonel Penthouse, Colonel Apartments were built “socially” – every floor plan is open and inviting for guests to mill around. Which means you can decorate like Martha and still enjoy your space! And yes, you should get the five-footer Douglas Fir.

So there you have it. Whether you celebrate with a few close friends, or a group large enough to cover the Capitol lawn with mistletoe, holidays at The Colonel are always memorable.

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