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Your Guide to Holiday Hosting- Toronto PATH

Holiday hosting can seem quite daunting at first – there’s food and drinks to think about, the never ending guest list, decorating your home to perfection and, of course, all of the clean-up. With so many things on the go during the holidays, where do you find the time to prepare? Luckily, Oxford Properties and your Toronto PATH retailers are here to help you become a master at entertaining. Keep reading for a handy guide on perfecting holiday hosting this season.

Decor & Ambiance
Whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment in the city or a five-bedroom house in the suburbs, any space can be made stylish and cozy for the holidays. Check out Brika in Richmond-Adelaide Centre for some custom, unique finds that will definitely make your guests ask, “Where did you find this?” For a very merry table setting, arrange wintery bouquets of flowers and greenery, like red velvet roses, holly, spruce branches, pine cones and red berries. You can meet many of your floral needs at Tidy’s Flowers in MetroCentre, or you can DIY!

Books and stationery always add a very comforting element to any home, so check out Indigo in Royal Bank Plaza for some impressive classics to place on your shelf. They also offer stylish home goods if you need to spruce up your current decor. If you’ve lost your stash of holiday cards to display (or worse – threw them out), head on over to Papyrus in MetroCentre and stock up on a few. You’ll need them for your gifts, anyway.

Lastly, set the mood with some holiday-themed aromatherapy. Escents in Royal Bank Plaza offers diffusers and many essential oils that will make your home smell amazing – try their Gingerbread, Cinnamon Heat and Peppermint Bark blends.

Food & Drinks
No holiday gathering is complete without sips and snacks! There’s nothing better than the welcoming scent of rich holiday meals. For a reboot on your cooking supplies, or if you’re trying a new recipe and need some new equipment, check out Cook It in MetroCentre. Right next door, you can browse the MetroCentre Marketplace for your ingredients. You may want to pick up a tasty snack or two to tie over guests, as well. If you’re serving alcohol, don’t forget to stop by LCBO in Royal Bank Plaza to pick up some festive liqueur and a bold wine.

If you just can’t be bothered to cook, don’t be afraid to have a casual coffee instead of a full-blown dinner. Nadege in Richmond-Adelaide Centre has an assortment of tasty macarons and baked goods for your guests to enjoy, while Starbucks offers coffee grounds and ready-made hot beverages to save you time.

Getting Ready
Once everything is finally prepared, it’s time to dress up and pamper yourself. The Body Shop in Royal Bank Plaza offers a wide array of bath and body products perfect for pre-event pampering. If you’re in the market for some festive makeup, check out Shopper’s Drug Mart in Royal Bank Plaza and Rexall in Richmond-Adelaide Centre and MetroCentre for the newest in cosmetic finds. When in doubt, ask one of their trusted makeup artists for a quick tutorial! While you’re there, you can also pick up any last minute items you may have forgotten during the event preparation process.

Enjoy a stress-free, well-planned holiday gathering this season in the comfort of your own home and become the holiday host you always dreamed of with a little help from Oxford Properties and your Toronto PATH retailers!

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