Hosting can be easy-and even fun

64402H(NC)—’Tis the season to wine and dine a houseful of guests, so put your hosting skills to the test and throw a party that won’t be forgotten. Here are some quick and easy tips for fool-proof festivities:

Send an invitation: Forget e-vites or phone calls, this year send a homemade paper invitation the old fashioned way—with a stamp in the mail. It will make your guests feel special and set your holiday party apart. Tune into Martha Stewart Living on Sirius satellite radio for more tips on how to create one-of-a-kind items from scratch.

Always be prepared: Whether it’s having a seating plan in place or extra ingredients on hand in case the food runs out, holiday party hosts should always be prepared to accommodate guests. Freezer stocked with ice? Check. Pillows and blankets for overnight guests? Check. If you are ready for anything, it will not only make you look like a planning pro, but it will also reduce the pressure of entertaining.

Music makes the party: Every host knows that good music is the key ingredient to a great party. This year, try Sirius radio’s commercial-free music channels to set the perfect mood. For a fun and upbeat setting try the all 80s channel or Top-40 Hits 1.  Looking for something more festive? Listen to the traditional classical holiday music channel on Sirius featuring a variety of Christmas carols.

Try a themed potluck: Guests love to show off their cooking skills as much as they love trying new dishes. So this year instead of slaving away in the kitchen, pick a fun theme and have your friends and family bring a meal item that fits. You can even kick it up a notch and host a recipe exchange, a great way to have your guests mingle and get to know one another.

Now that you’re armed with some go-to tips for the perfect holiday party, don’t forgot the most important rule—have fun. Guests will take your cue, so if you are having a blast, it is likely they will follow suit. More tips on entertaining this holiday season are available online at www.sirius.ca.

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