It’s Christmas Eve! Dinner is in the oven, It’s a Wonderful Life is playing in the living room and the kids are scrubbed and dressed before your relatives arrive. Once you’ve checked all the big items off your list, it’s time to think about the little things. Sometimes it’s the small details that can make the biggest difference of all. We spoke with lifestyle and entertaining expert Kelly Lyden to get the scoop on how she prepares her home for Christmas dinner. Take a look at her top 5 tips, below.
4. Consider a kids’ table. A children’s table tends to work best when there are four or more children over the age of three. “I always provide activities for the children — coloring pages with crayons, a mini tic-tac-toe game or a small table gift to keep them occupied for just a bit longer,” says Lyden.
5. Choose your serving style. Buffet or a served dinner? Think about the kind of vibe you want your dinner to have. “For a small, intimate dinner party, I prefer to serve myself and create more of a formal feel,” says Lyden. “But for a larger party, buffets are perfect and the host’s time is freed up to mingle with guests.
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