It may be the most wonderful time of the year—but when you’re planning a holiday party or hosting even a small get-together, it can quickly turn into the most stressful. Two of Las Cruces’ event planning pros share their best advice on how to spruce up your holiday décor and maintain your sanity while preparing a holiday feast for friends and family.
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Holiday Decor trends may come and go, but the essentials will always be, well, essential. That’s where Enchanted Occasions Event Rentals comes in. The business specializes in renting items like tables and chairs, glassware, china, linens, and some décor. “Most people don’t have big parties every month, just around the holidays,” notes owner Deanna Green. “We make your life easier.”
Planning ahead is key to not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed. Deanna says clients often overlook simple items such as tablecloths and napkins for an event. And don’t forget to expect the unexpected. Surprise guests will sometimes show up, so plan to have more than originally anticipated.
Get the most bang for your buck by renting out the basics when you need them, and only investing in those decorations that will personalize your look and can be used year after year.
Copper and hammered metals are in this holiday season. Also hot: plaid, plaid and more plaid, says Deanna. And don’t feel you have to limit yourself to red and green—burgundy and eggplant can make some beautiful holiday settings.
To invoke a cozy, warm and festive feeling, aim for a rustic look. Add to that vibe by finding inspiration from nature; pine cones add an outdoor tranquility to a table setting. Small live plants can make great centerpieces, adds Michelle Rogers, membership and events coordinator of Red Hawk Golf Club.
If you’re opting for more of a glamorous feel, mercury glass continues to be a chic option. Warm gold, fur, and velvet are also trending. Anything with that glittery look will up the sophistication factor.
Complement either style with candles, which are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Renting items such as glassware, china, linens or even décor from Enchanted Occassions Event Rentals can help ease the stress of party planning.
Plaid is red hot this holiday season. Find these adorable dishes at Pier 1 Imports on Lohman Avenue.
Looking for a one-stop shop for table linens?
Find the Katekins booth at the Las Cruces Farmers’ and Crafts Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Owner Catherine “Kate” Carroll makes full sets of matching hand-stitched linens including table runners, placemats, and napkins. She has a number of seasonal and holiday-themed prints and also makes matching plates.
Add that special touch
Pinterest has resurrected a do-it-yourself movement, and the holidays are no exception. Whether it’s small favors or handmade place cards, your guests will appreciate the effort. If you’re feeling even more ambitious, try a bigger project, like making your own holiday wreath.
While lights, centerpieces, and wreaths add a beautiful look to your home during the holidays, don’t forget about the other senses. Set the mood by playing holiday music, putting bells on your door, and adding other items that will play into your overall atmosphere. The aroma of scented candles can also help create a festive theme and Deanna adds, “When I have a party, I love the smell of good food.”
Leave It To the Pros
When all else fails—or if you want to forgo the stressful process altogether—delegate the task to someone else. Hate to cook? Hire a caterer and focus your attention on aspects you do enjoy. Don’t have the space to host a large party? Find a venue that does.
“Red Hawk Golf Club is a very beautiful and secluded location in Las Cruces to have an event,” Michelle says. “I always like to say that the clubhouse is your canvas, you can decorate, rearrange, and turn the space into a themed oasis on the course. Or you can simply leave it as is and have a party focused around the gorgeous scenery everywhere you look. Our guests experience award-winning customer service that leaves every event memorable.”
Bottom line: you don’t have to do it all yourself.
“I think most people would agree holidays are about getting together with your family,” Deanna points out. “Choose what’s important to you and don’t worry about the little things.”
When the party starts rolling, just go with the flow and don’t lose sight of what’s important: making memories you’ll cherish long after the event is over.