The holidays are known for being stress-inducing and they’re right around the corner. Are you responsible for hosting your holiday party this year or perhaps planning one for work? These tips will help you feel prepared and reduce your party planning stress so you can enjoy yourself as much as your guests!
Do as much ahead of time as possible and don’t put it on yourself to do all of the meal prep and cooking.
First Thing’s First, Make a List
Perhaps the ultimate way to create a stress-free holiday is to live by a list. Plan ahead, and don’t be afraid to delegate. Asking guests to help with a party-related task makes them feel more involved, so never be afraid to ask.
As far as beverages go, it’s always smart to stock up on pop and a few other mixers. Make sure to have coffee, cider and a basket of teas handy. Keep your bar stocked with vodka, rum and a few choices of wine, but encourage guests to BYOB. In the event you’re having alcohol at your event, ensure you have vouchers for taxis available for guests.
For a casual holiday party, don’t feel compelled to seat guests around a dinner table. If you’ve got a lot of company, a buffet may be a better way to go. Guests can serve themselves, and it helps you avoid allergies or serving guests food they may not be fond of.
Too many people to host at one time? Have an open house and let them know they can drop by any time between certain hours on one day. Your guests will appreciate the flexibility and it’ll be far less overwhelming than having everyone at the office or your home all at once.
Make Your Own Traditions
Whether you’re planning an even for family, friends, or co-workers – starting new traditions will cause lasting memories for your guests!