Secrets to Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party

12/21/2017

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There’s no better time to gather with family and friends than the holidays. And while we all count down the remaining days until the new year, why not bring everyone together for a holiday party? If you’re thinking of hosting a party this year for the first time, you may feel a little unsure. Here are a few tips to consider when hosting your holiday party this year:

  • Type of Party: The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out what kind of party you want to throw. Will it be a potluck? Dinner party? Cocktail party with light snacks? Will it be formal or casual? Think about what works best for the type of party you’re looking to host.

  • Guest List: Carefully put together a guest list of all the people you’d like to invite. But make sure to send out invitations with at least three to four weeks notice. Calendars tend to fill up fast during the holiday season, so you want to give your prospective guests as much time as possible to commit.

  • Appetizers: It doesn’t matter which type of party you’re throwing, eventually people will get hungry. If you’re hosting a formal dinner party, it’s critical to have some light appetizers before. If it’s a lighter cocktail party, having an assortment of different appetizers throughout will go over well with the guests. After all, it’s never good to drink on an empty stomach.

  • Self-Service Drinks: Set up a self-service drink station. You can include the basics like wine and beer, but feel free to get creative with a do-it-yourself cocktail bar or an easily accessible holiday punch bowl so that guests won’t be bugging you all night for a drink refill.

  • Prep Beforehand: If you’re making a lot of different food or drink items, don’t leave all the work until the beginning of the party. Do as much prep as possible beforehand to save yourself some time later. The last thing you’ll want to do is not attend to your guests for a long period of time while you are catching up on preparing the food.