How to Plan a Stress Free Holiday Party
Everyone wants to be the hostess with the mostess, but what if you are a hostess that feels easily overwhelmed and stressed out? Well the good news is, there are certain tips and tricks that you can follow so that your holiday parties are more enjoyable and less stress free. If you are planning any parties this holiday season, take a look below at some helpful tips on how to plan a stress free holiday party like a pro.
Here is what you need to know.
1. Serve buffet style.
Serving a sit down dinner to a large number of guests can be not only costly but stressful as well. Instead, opt for buffet style dining which is just as filling and impressive but less work for you. This way guests can eat what they want when they want, and all you need to do is keep on eye on what needs to be refilled.
2. Invite guests to share an appetizer or dessert.
Invite your party guests to bring either an appetizer or dessert to share with the other guests. This takes some of the stress off you and also gives your guests a chance to show off their culinary skills! Just put out the appetizer or dessert table and they will do the rest.
3. Choose simple décor.
Party décor doesn’t have to be over the top. For your table opt for a colorful centerpiece such as a vase of pine branches, scattered with some ornaments, and some candles for ambiance. You can repeat this look on your coffee table or end tables to tie the rustic theme in.
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4. Create cozy conversation areas.
Guests love conversing, and creating cozy conversation areas can help them do this. Group chairs together along with a small table for drinks, so guests can easily mingle. Set stations such as this in various areas of the home so guests spread out and aren’t all bunched.
5. Know your guest list.
Part of creating a stress free party is knowing your guest list. When creating your guest list keep it manageable. Don’t invite so many that you won’t even get around to talking to everyone. Instead, try to create an event that is quaint. It will make it more enjoyable for everyone, especially you.
6. Keep clean up in mind.
When decorating and serving, keep clean up in mind. Choose serving trays and platters that are disposable or easy to clean. Choose decorations that are easy to tear down and put away. Have out plenty of trash bags so guests can throw items away as needed. Small steps like this can lead to an easier job during clean up time.
7. Remember what the holiday is about.
Don’t look at the event as something you need to “pull off.” Instead, look at it as a great time to celebrate the season with family and friends and remember what the holiday is all about. Take pictures, create memories, laugh and have fun. After all, that is what the holiday is about!
Are you ready for some stress free holiday partying? Then give this list of suggestions a try and see how easy it can be to throw a party everyone will remember.
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