One of the best things to do during the holiday season is to spend time with friends and family. If you’re planning to host a party, keep in mind these important tips for how to throw a stress-free holiday party that everyone will enjoy.
Plan it Out
Having a game plan is the smartest way to reduce stress and anxiety for your party. As a working mom, you should take every opportunity to schedule and plan in order to avoid burdening yourself with extra headaches. To do this, first, make a list. A checklist or to-do list will make your life more organized and save you more time.
If you want a homemade party, plan out your food and drinks ahead of time so that you have plenty for your guests and won’t have to worry about running out. You can always cater food if you want to save more time and reduce some of the burden. Either way, you won’t feel rushed with last-minute planning. I love using this free birthday party planning checklist.
Keep Foods Simple and Delicious
If you’re cooking your own hors d’oeuvres, you don’t have to turn your kitchen into a Michelin-rated restaurant. Make foods that are simple and delicious.
Switch up your guests’ palates with both sweet and savory options, like this Easy Baked Cheese Dip Recipe. Finger foods are the best option because they require less cleanup than something that needs utensils. Here are 12 Ingenious Ways to Put Food on a Stick.
To reduce stress, use some make-ahead recipes so the food is ready for consumption as soon as guests arrive. For example, nuts, crackers, and fruit are all easy snacks that require no prep work. I put together a really easy spread in the post How I Prepare for the Upcoming Holiday Season.
Stock Up on Beverages
Whether or not your party is alcohol-focused, you should keep a variety of beverages stocked and ready to drink. Since the weather is colder, keep plenty of hot beverages on hand. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider are all great ideas. These printable hot chocolate bar signs are the cutest! Sodas, juices, and cold water are perfect for sober guests. For guests who wish to drink, have plenty of vodka, rum, and wine on hand to keep everyone warm and cheerful.
Less is More
You want to impress your houseguests, but remember that less is more. Don’t splurge on decorations or use every room when you don’t have to.
Use one room as a coat room, and keep your living room, kitchen, bathroom, and family rooms open. Bedrooms or private rooms can remain closed. This will save you time during decorating and cleanup.
Keep decorations simple and elegant. You can light some candles for more festivity. Use matches when lighting for less mess and less stress.
Ask for Help
You might be hosting, but you don’t have to tackle your party alone. Ask friends or family members for help to reduce some of the anxiety. You can even give your friends some leftovers for helping.