Everyone knows that hosting a holiday party can take your stress levels from zero to 60 real fast. But making merry memories doesn’t have to zap your energy! Here are five stress-free tips for throwing an enjoyable holiday get-together.
Step one is to get organized. Whether you’re hosting five or 25 guests, knowing what you need to do and when will keep you sane while planning a holiday party. Of course, not everything goes according to plan all the time, so be flexible with your to-do list. Plans are meant to guide you, not cause stress.
Plan Your Menu Accordingly
Don’t overdo it when it comes to the eats! With limited oven space for a large party, it helps to select items that can be prepared stovetop or dishes that taste delicious when served at room temperature. This way, you don’t have to worry about getting food to the table as soon as it’s done cooking. Quiches, lasagnas, and tarts, for example, can make your life easier.
Let Guests Play Bartender
You’ll be busy greeting and mingling with family and friends during your party, so why be a bartender on top of your other responsibilities? Serve pre-mixed cocktails in glass beverage dispensers and put out ice and assorted garnishes for your guests so they can top off their drinks.
Don’t Overthink Guests’ Experiences
Overthinking can easily ruin your fun which can interrupt the enjoyment of your guests. Rather than stressing about whether or not your family and friends are entertained, just have a good time yourself! If the host is having a fantastic time, others are sure to follow your lead.
At the end of the night, your guests aren’t going to realize you ran out of silver and gold napkins and had to switch to grocery store brand paper towels. Enjoy the company you brought together and make the most of this magical time of year!
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