Lark Hill Plan 1 Outdoor Room

You’ve got a Shea home, now it’s time to show it off! Our versatile floorplans and spacious backyards make your home the place to be for the holidays. Tidy up the guest bath, put out the good candles, and get ready to welcome your guests with style. Whether you’re a novice host or a seasoned pro, we’ve got entertaining tips and tricks that will help you wow the crowd. Continue on for unique ideas that are sure to impress.

Set the Table and the Mood

Langston Plan 1 Dining Room

Do away with the paper plates and napkins and sleigh the game this season with a thoughtfully designed table setting. Achieve the ultimate picture-worthy spread by sticking to a seasonal color palette—oranges, browns, greens, and dark reds are best! For this tip, layers are key. Make it all your own by stacking a couple of table runners over a linen tablecloth. You can even cross them. Then, add coordinating chargers and darker colored plates for a unique look. Top each set with a linen or multi-ply disposable napkin, and fill in the extra space with either the food you are serving, seasonal fruit, or a collection of dried flower and leaf arrangements. Your guests will appreciate the time you spent to make their experience at your home so special.

Wine a Little, Laugh a Lot
You’ve probably heard of BYOB, but how about BYOW–Bring Your Own Wine? Bring all the fun of a trip to the vineyard to your living room with your very own wine tasting. Ask your guests to bring a bottle of their favorite wine, red or white, covered in a brown bag to keep anonymity. Once they arrive, number each bottle with a sharpie. You can print wine tasting score cards so people can blind taste each wine to determine their favorite. For added fun, let people describe their favorite wine as a selling point. It’s a great way to get everyone involved in the party!

Leave an Imprint
Go the extra mile by making menus and place cards. Assigned seating, even for casual events, can help break the ice between friends and family who haven’t met or seen each other in a while. For a more eco-conscience choice, write their names on rocks or leaves from your yard. This is a great opportunity to create a talking point for your guests! Save yourself from the echoing “what’s for dinner” questions by creating a menu. Menus can be individually printed or displayed on a chalk or whiteboard easel–whatever you have handy! Your honored guests will appreciate the convenience.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be crowned the “host who does the most” among your loved ones! To get a head start on planning your holiday shindig in your new Shea home, visit our website to explore residences and floorplans.

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