The Holiday Hustle

Entertaining Essentials | December 22, 2015 | By

Like most of you, I’m sure, our December is a whirlwind of decorating, shopping, parties, friends, work deadlines, and family. Lots of family.

It’s easy to lose the spirit of the holiday when you’re stressing out about how to get everything done and how to see everyone you want to see.

If you’re hosting an event this holiday, here are some tips to keep in mind so that you can enjoy the party along with all of your favorite people:

  1. Don’t over-do it! Don’t set yourself up for failure by overcommitting yourself to do more than you have time to. Keep it simple: simple décor, simple food, simple outfit…simple. Most of your guests just want to spend time with you, anyway.
  2. Delegate. You don’t have to do everything yourself. If you’re offering your home up for a family event, it is totally acceptable to ask guests to bring food, flowers, wine, ice, etc. Hosting a large family can be expensive and no one will be offended if you ask them to bring one of their favorite dishes to serve alongside yours.
  3. Plan ahead. Give yourself plenty of time to finish ahead of schedule: do your shopping early, create the table setting days in advance, and prep the food that can sit in the fridge for a couple of days in advance.
  4. Create a To-Do List. This helps me to keep everything straight and not to forget anything…but, I’m a list kind of girl!
  5. Leave enough time to freshen up! This one is really important for me. If I’ve been spending the majority of a morning setting up for an event, I will probably look pretty rough: no makeup, messy hair, and a mis-matched outfit. I try to give myself at least 30 minutes prior to the party start time to put on my outfit, apply my makeup, and do my hair. This process allows me to get into the spirit of the event!
  6. Enjoy your company… They are the whole reason you’re having an event – have fun with them!

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and host a beautiful party!

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