Start Planning Your Holiday Open House NOW

It’s thirty days and some change to the holiday season. Are you ready to party? Are you ready to host an event? The holiday season is not only a great time to get together with friends and family, but if you are hosting in a new house or apartment, it can also be a great time to have an open house.

An open house has two general meanings. One meaning is used by realtors to showcase a house or dwelling on the market, while the meaning for the purpose of this article means to host an event with restrictive hours for visitation. Guests can show up when they please, but they have to leave by a set hour. A house-warming generally implies a gift is required. We are fans of the open house for new homeowners, apartment-dwellers and people who are extremely busy.

Here are a few hacks to jumpstart your holiday open house or party in a short period of time.

Decide what and how

The options are many. You are not bound to do anything too formal or too casual. Decide on your budget and the amount of money you are willing to spend to entertain. Other considerations:

  1. Time of day/Day of week

  2. The space for entertaining

  3. Number of people

The time of day and the day of the week determine food and drink choices. Determining which spaces to designate for entertaining can be both time-efficient and budget-friendly. (You will need to include bathrooms.) The number of people determines the amount of food and drink and seating.

Decide on who

Do you want to mix work friends with friends and family? Do you want to entertain for just the work crowd? Decide. Here’s why. The people determine the atmosphere of the event. Work friends and relationships require care. What happens in your home can be repeated at work. Do you want that? Be wise in choosing your who.

The hacks

Let’s decide on the open house. These hacks are based on a holiday event that is easy to plan, execute, and end.

  1. Try to plan your event as close to Thanksgiving as possible. Others will be planning their events closer to Christmas and New Year’s. Get yours out of the way, especially if the home is new and you are new at hosting.

  2. Pick an odd day like Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The Friday after Thanksgiving is a great day too.

  3. Set the hours and stick to them. An open hou