There’s no denying that the holidays can be incredibly stressful. From shopping to cooking to visit family and friends, it can feel like your to-do list is never-ending. If you’re hosting a holiday party, then your list is sure to be huge. But it’s time to put to an end to stressful party hosting. Follow these three tips to ensure you host a stress-free holiday party.
Consider a Pot-Luck
The hardest part of hosting can be all of the food preparation. You have to consider appetizers, entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks. Not to mention the added stress of dietary restrictions for some guests. Take the burden off your shoulders and ask your guests to bring a dish. Assign your guests a type of dish. Ask your co-worker to bring a salad and your neighbor to bring a side dish. Not only can you enjoy the night more easily, but it’ll also be fun to see what people bring and how creative your friends and family are.
Bring on the Games
Games are a fantastic icebreaker for party guests who may not know each other. Once your guests are comfortable, you can spend the night mingling and enjoying the party. White Elephant Exchange is always a favorite game. Christmas Carol Pictionary and Christmas Charades are also fun and can get everyone involved.
Throughout the night, remind yourself that it is holidays and you deserve to rest too. If something goes wrong, just take a deep breath and laugh it off. No one will remember the party theme or every detail of the decorations. They will remember the laughs and memories that were created at the party. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, just take a moment to relax. You earned to kick back and enjoy the season with your loved ones.
While throwing a holiday party can be a rewarding experience, it can also be stressful. The important thing to remember during the holidays is your loved ones. Don’t get caught up in the small details and focus on the big picture. Follow these tips to host a stress-free holiday party and instead focus on creating memories that will last for years to come.