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At Woody’s BBQ, we’ve made a living out of making our guests feel warm and welcome year-round. We’re happy to take a little bit of that hospitable spirit to hand-craft this list of five tips that could help YOU host a memorable Merry Christmas-themed gathering…
1) Greet Your Guests and Make them Know You’re Glad They’re There: It all starts with hello! Although you may be busy “working your magic” in the kitchen, it’s important to drop what you’re doing to greet each and every one of your guests as they arrive. A warm and welcoming hug paired with the sentiment, “I’m so glad you’re here” will go a long way in making your guests feel comfortable from the get-go. Be sure to take their coats, offer them a drink and invite them to have a seat at the heart of the action.
2) Plan Activities to Encourage a Party Atmosphere: Music is just one element of creating a festive ambiance. Party games and activities can turn a simple dinner gathering into a true event. From Christmas Carol Karaoke to Create-Your-Own-Ornament Crafts to the Stuffed Stocking Guessing Game, there are any number of ways to keep your guests entertained while you set everything up for dinner or in the time between dinner and dessert. For more great ideas, Shutterfly has compiled a list of “30 Christmas Party Games Everyone Will Love.”
3) Power of Pictures: It’s all too easy to get busy and forget to take photos or videos to commemorate the experience of your event. Set up a “photo booth” corner with props and accessories where your guests can snap their own pictures and be sure to take group photos during key moments such as when everyone is seated for the meal and when playing games/exchanging gifts. Then don’t forget to share those photos with your guests, whether via email, text or by tagging them on social media.
4) Set the Tone with Your Table Settings: The way you set your holiday table will help set the tone for the meal to follow. If you’d like a more formal feel, set out your best china, silver and linens, consider using place cards, light some candles and serve your guests at the table. If casual is more your speed, a red checkered tablecloth, recyclable plates and utensils, and buffet-style service always aims to please.
5) And Let’s Not Forget the FOOD!: Woody’s BBQ welcomes the opportunity to enhance your holiday gathering with any combination of our slow-smoked meats and comfort food sides. From take out for smaller gatherings to our catering services for larger groups, we offer the ideal menu to complement your theme. You could opt for a tasty BBQ banquet with comfort food sides or a classic holiday feast with our Smoked Turkey Breast and timeless traditional sides. End your event on a sweet note with a pan of our bread pudding or Sky High Pie. Let us do the cooking so you can focus on and enjoy time spent with your guests.
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From all of us here at Woody’s BBQ, we wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season!