Decorating for a "holiday" party
We will be hosting a casual 'holiday' potluck dinner for about 40-50 friends on an evening in early December. This annual party is usually held at a local city center which is unavailable to us this year so I offered to have it at our home. We call it our 'holiday' party because we have several Jewish members who do not celebrate Christmas, and it's just our annual get-together during the holiday season.
We won't need to put up a tree or any other Christmas decorations, but we usually don't do that anyway until about a week later.
However, I want to set a 'holiday' mood. I'm thinking of using strings of white lights here and there, a few red Poinsettia plants, and a pot of hot cider to scent the house. Does that scream 'Christmas', and does anyone have any other ideas?
The party will flow outside to the patio if there's no rain.