It is very hard to believe Christmas is only a few weeks away. This is the time family and friends gather to eat and be merry. If you love hosting holiday parties as much as I do, then you know planning can be very stressful if you let it. To take away some of the hassle, I put together a few tips that are sure to make your holiday event easy breezy.
Make A List-Check it Twice
Deciding who you want to invite to your holiday party is very important. When I am planning my guest list, I first decide if I want to keep it to immediate family and friends or do I want to also invite extended family. Lets face it, no family is perfect and with divorces and unspoken disagreements so of the people you want to invite to your party might not show if they know the ex wife is coming with her new mate. When planning my guest list I try to keep that in mind but I also invite the people who bring joy when I see them. Nobody wants negative Nancy at the party to complain about everything.
Having the right menu is a very important task for your holiday party. When planning a party I try my best to consider everyone’s diet but let’s face it, you won’t be able to please everyone so I try to be as considerate as I can. Because I know some people are not meat eaters, I try my best to have at least one or two meatless dishes. I stick to 3 categories when planning a greens such as a salad or some sort of veggies, main course which consist of meat and meatless dish and deserts. I also prepare some appetizers such as spinach dip or deviled eggs to hold everyone over until the food is ready to be served.
Create the Perfect Space
Now that you have an epic guest list and great food, it is time to create the perfect space. For the holidays I like my home to be very festive so I deck out my dining area so that guest can have a formal place to sit. Depending on the size of your living area and the number of guest you are expecting, consider extra sitting space. My home has a bar area to I utilize that space as well as my sofa and love seat. I also have extra chairs on standby just in case of run out of space. I allow my guest to bring a plus so extra seating is a must have for me.
Hopefully these tips come in handy for your holiday party. You can used them for almost any gathering far beyond the holidays.