Blog :: 11-2019

Hosting This Season? Take a Holiday From the Stress With These Helpful Tips

Holiday Hosting Tips

Hosting for the holidays can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be! With a little forethought and some pre-planning, your next home gathering can leave your spirit full, not frazzled.

Curtail kitchen labor

No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen while their guests are partying. Having a menu that can be prepped in advance eliminates a lot of the stress surrounding feeding a crowd. Think casseroles, soups, slow-cooker dishes, no-bake desserts and the like that can be assembled ahead of time, and popped in the oven, on the stove, or plugged in on the day of the festivities. Set up a self-serve drink bar, where guests can do their own mixing and pouring. For snacking, most grocers stock pre-cut cheese and meat trays, so all you have to add are crackers for an easy party appetizer, or an afternoon bite for houseguests. Breakfast casseroles that can be made ahead of time and simply baked in the morning mean you’ll be able to ease into the day with your guests.

Hosting and the HolidaysStock up

Load your pantry with kid- and adult-friendly snacks, fill your fruit bowl with healthy grab-and-go items to tide guests over until the next meal, and keep a supply of drinks on hand (depending on how cold it is outside, you can store overflow in a cooler on the back porch). Also, keep kitchen essentials well-stocked: Think baking products, eggs, milk, half and half, coffee and the like. Having such items in healthy supply will eliminate stressful last-minute runs to the store. And don’t forget extra toilet paper, soaps and shampoos for the guest bathroom.

De-clutter

Ahead of your guests’ arrival, move your coats, shoes and bags out of entryway spaces, empty under-bathroom-sink cabinets and closets in guest areas, and clean out the fridge. De-cluttering offers a welcoming space for your guests, one where they can feel relaxed and at home. It can also help them keep track of all the items they’ve brought from home when it comes time to pack up and leave.

Hosting Tips HolidaysSpread the holiday mood

Elegant decorations, festive background music and scented candles can provide a feast for the senses to greet guests upon their arrival. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to suit up your space; doing so not only gives you a chance to thoughtfully plan, but also allows you a moment to soak in the sumptuous surroundings before guests arrive. 

Delegate tasks and take time for yourself

If you’re feeling overwhelmed ahead of hosting a party, don’t be shy about asking family and friends to help. Chances are, you’ve got one or two guests who would be more than happy to arrive a bit early to set out appetizers, or stay after the party to help clean up. Taking a moment before guests arrive to enjoy a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a short nap will leave you refreshed, relaxed and ready to join in the fun.

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Affording a Home in the Asheville Area Is Easier With These Helpful Resources

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Housing in Asheville is expensive and can be out of reach for many people. At Mosaic Realty, we believe that you should have access to housing in our great city regardless of budget. Asheville has a number of programs to help facilitate homeownership for a range of budgets. These programs include OnTrack WNCMountain Housing Opportunities, and the City of Asheville Housing Trust. You can learn more about these helpful resources on our Affordable Housing Resource Page. Additionally, we have created this Affordable Homes Quick Search feature for you to begin to explore homes. We also encourage you to contact us so that we can help you navigate your options and assist in your search for housing. Mosaic Realty has agents trained in affordable housing who are ready to help you.

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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All About the Mosaic Lifestyle Community Realty YouTube Channel

YouTube LogoDid you know that we have a YouTube channel?! Our YouTube channel is chock-full of useful videos from Tours of Asheville Neighborhoods to Testimonials from people we’ve worked within the past. YouTube is the second largest search engine, just behind Google. We are using that to our advantage to help sell homes. Real estate is visual, so what better way to show off homes than with high-quality videos?! By posting listing videos for properties we are getting in front of thousands of people - which is good news for our sellers. We update our YouTube regularly, so make sure you subscribe to stay in the loop!