It's hard to believe that we're already over halfway through November! In about a week, we'll all be gathering with family and friends to celebrate one of the best holidays ever - Thanksgiving! (I love food, remember? Obviously Thanksgiving is one of my faves.) However, with everyone flying in from various places, you have to make sure that your house is in tip-top shape. Christmas parties and New Years Eve celebrations aren't as far off as we'd like to think. This year, instead of just throwing on a decorative tablecloth or putting mistletoe over the front door, take these five tips on how to get your house holiday-party ready!

1. Pick up some flowers

You don't need to go to a field and try picking bushels of fresh daisies, but it might be nice to head to your closest grocery store or flower shop and pick up a couple of arrangements for your kitchen table and dining room table or living room. If your hosting Thanksgiving this year, look for an arrangement that combines those rustic fall colors. For Christmas parties, some Poinsettias in a decorative vase placed in the center of the table is always a great option!

2. Organize, organize, organize

We all tend to let clutter accumulate around this time. Schoolwork is piling up so naturally it takes up my entire desk and the weather is so flip-floppy, I can't put away all of my summer clothes but I can't leave my winter clothes in my closet. Nonetheless, when you're planning on having an event at your house, it's kinda rude to have your clutter laying all over the place. (And yes, I do realize organizing the accumulation of months of clutter takes a long time!) But, it might be a lot simpler than you think!

Start with the clothes on the floor: it doesn't matter if you "think" they're clean, pick them up, and throw them in your laundry basket. If you don't have time to do laundry before they event, stick them in the back of your closet. Got stacks of papers and files all over the place? Pick up a bin like this from Target and transport all of your papers in them, then throw 'em under your bed. You should definitely make time to clean that stuff out...but not right before a party.

3. Chef it up

When was the last time you went to a successful holiday party that didn't have food? Yeah, I never have either. Now, I'm not saying you have to watch reruns of Rachel Ray's cooking shows (even though I do quite regularly), but just try and be creative. If you've never made a sweet potato pie, give it a try! Make your stuffing from scratch, sprucing up grandmas recipe by adding in your own favorites. My favorite food to make around this time is macaroni and cheese. My grandma taught me when I was younger but at some point I just started mixing it up. What recipes are you looking forward to whipping up this holiday season, Lovelies? Even if you can't but together an entire fancy meal, try to whip up some cute cookies like the ones above. Also, don't forget to stock up on drinks! Whether it be your own personal concoction, wine, or just bottles of soda, make sure you have enough to last the night.

4. Clean your bathrooms

I know it sounds self explanatory but it must be said: clean all of your bathrooms. Even if you're only permitting people to go into one, there's always going to be that really rambunctious kid or annoying friend that feels the need to explore your house when you're preoccupied. Make sure that you've stocked up on toilet paper and air freshener, and have clean towels out. Personally, I love having people over, so I try to make sure that each part of the house is nice, even the bathroom. Each room in my apartment has it's own color scheme so, when it's party time, I buy blue liquid soap so it matches my shower curtain. (I know, I'm a tad bit excessive.)

5. Be Creative

To me, creativity is extremely important when it comes to decorating your house. Pick up some garland, hang up a few stockings, light a bunch of candles, and tie big red bows all around the house. Set the mood so that people are automatically in a good mood when they step through the door. I'd suggest burning a couple of incense sticks or lighting some yummy-smelling candles near the door so it hits your guests as soon as they enter. Check out some of these holiday crafts and start making some of your own!

Excited to get your house holiday-party, ready, Lovelies?

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