Even though it may seem like we just stepped off the boat and our tan lines are still lingering, fall is upon us and the holidays are right around the corner. The thought may be a little overwhelming but we’re here to help. Opening your house to friends, family, and even the in-laws can send the brain into overdrive. One way to ensure a stress-free holiday party is to plan well in advance. Below are 5 tips to hosting a holiday party.
- Determine what kind of party you will be throwing.
Is it a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party? Formal or casual? Determining what kind of party you’re throwing will set the tone for the rest of your party planning. If you’re providing a full-blown dinner, buffets make it a littler easier. You’re able to get the food out quickly and keep them warm while your guests help themselves. If you go with a cocktail party, stock the bar and prepare hors d’oeuvres ahead of time to keep your night stress-free.
- Put together a guest list and invitations.
Once you’ve decided what type of party you will be hosting, pick a date, put together a guest list, and prepare your menu. Invitations should be sent out at least three to four weeks in advance. Calendars fill up fast, and there is no such thing as “too soon” when it comes to scheduling around the holidays.
- Prep ahead of time.
To save you from last minute stress, prepare everything you can beforehand. Getting the prep work done as early as possible will help you stay organized and you’ll have more free time to better attend to your guests when they arrive. One of the easiest ways is to find recipes that can be made a few days in advance or prepare some of the food in your crockpot.
- Clean the house thoroughly.
About a week before your party, give a deep clean to the entire house. This way, you’ll need only a quick once-over before the party. Then once the party starts, make sure you have easy to access garbage cans so guests don’t leave stuff on counters or tables.
- Make a list.
Santa won’t be the only one checking his list twice. A week before your party, make a list and schedule of what needs to be made and when. Be sure to add some flex time for any last-minute emergencies you may have to attend to. Check everything off your list before guests arrive and you’ll be able to put on your best host or hostess face without the stress.
Hosting can be stressful but remember to relax, and most importantly, enjoy! That’s what the holiday’s are all about, right? Enjoying your friends and family in the comfort of your home. After all, the best part of owning a home is the people you share it with.
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