How to host an HGTV-worthy holiday gathering in Salt Lake City
'Tis the season for more people to crowd into your home.
What they're saying: Urban Hill executive chef Nick Zocco has a simple — but often overlooked — piece of advice for hosts throwing a holiday party: Enjoy it.
- "As long as you have all your ducks in a row from the food to the drink, just enjoy your party," he said. "The party is much more fun when the host is having fun."
- Jen Castle and Blake Spalding, co-owners of Hell's Backbone Grill & Farm in Boulder, suggest preparing a batch of cocktails before guests arrive.
- Salt Lake City restaurateur Ryan Lowder recommends splurging on quality appetizers.
Why it matters: Planning is key to avoid added stress around the holidays. So we asked HGTV's Jasmine Roth about her holiday hacks and ideas for being a host extraordinaire, Axios' Brianna Crane writes.
Here's what she says:
🛏 Be a guest in your own home. If you have a guest room, stay in it for a night before everyone arrives. You might realize you need a phone charger, hooks for towels or a warmer blanket.
📱 Include guests in the plans. Fire up the group chat sooner than later to coordinate schedules. Closer to the event, share menu ideas and make a grocery list. Guests can add snack requests, or volunteer to take charge of one meal if they're staying an extended period of time.
⏲ Cook ahead. Pick menu items like make-ahead taquitos or a hearty soup that can easily be warmed in the oven or thrown on the grill. Pre-make a signature cocktail and an easy appetizer that you can set out right before guests arrive.
🖍 Have a kids' activity. You can set up a coloring station at the kids' table, or hand each little one a goody bag. Parents will be relieved, and the kids will be entertained.
🥡 Make to-go boxes. Get some themed Tupperware and pack leftovers for guests to take home.
More Salt Lake City stories
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Salt Lake City.