Stress-Free Holiday Parties
As we head into the holiday season, there are countless Christmas parties to be held and chances are you’ve signed up to host at least one. This time of year is meant to be spent celebrating with friends and family and spending quality time together – not stressing over hosting the perfect party. Follow these simple tips to host a stress-free evening.
Plan Your Menu Ahead of Time
When it comes to most parties, the main attraction is the food that will be served. Check in with guests beforehand to ensure there are no allergies or food sensitivities but remember that you can’t please everyone. Avoid trying new and obscure recipes and stick with the tried and true dishes that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy. Once your menu has been finalized try to complete all the necessary shopping ahead of time and if possible, prep some of the dishes in advance to avoid any last-minute issues. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help - potlucks are a hit for a reason as everyone enjoys that opportunity to share their favorite foods!
Keep Drinks on Hand
Stock up your fridge with a variety of sodas and mixes for your guests. Coffee and tea are also a good idea for after dinner as a warm pick-me up.
Get in the Spirit
Although it isn’t required, it can be fun to embrace Christmas and decorate for the holidays. Check out local craft or home stores for tasteful décor that can be used over the years. If you’re on a budget stop in at your local thrift store as you can often find great pieces at a huge discount. Alternatively, if you are feeling creative then check out all the fun DIY inspiration on Pinterest to create a piece that will be a conversation starter at your party. Finally, the right soundtrack can make-or-break a party so set the tone with casual, festive music at the low-medium volume.
Keep it Clean
It is good idea to designate an hour or two the morning of the party to do a quick run-through of your home to get any clutter out of the way. If you don’t have time to do the entire house, don’t fret! Not every room has to be spotless and if you want to avoid having guests see your mess then simply shut the door and turn the lights off. Focus on the main areas that people will gather (the kitchen, living room, dining room and main washrooms).
Remember that the holidays are a time to relax and enjoy time with those you love, so try not to get too worked up if something goes wrong. Instead of running around trying to have everything be perfect, focus on your guests and the time you have with them.