Great Tips for Hosting a Stress Free Holiday Party

Dasja Ashbrook ( Tiffany )
By: Tiffany on October 26, 2012 2:54 am PST   Flag blog entry   

Ladies, Holiday season is here again. If you’ve ever been a host of your own party, you know how difficult it can be to get everything you need to allow the party to go off without a hitch.

Holiday party planning can be a very fun and exciting as well if you properly plan ahead. With all the hats we wear as women, adding hostess to it during the busiest time of the year can make you want to pull your hair out. If you find yourself struggling every year to plan a Holiday party, you’re going to need these tips I have listed below to help you out.

One of the number one rules to eliminating the stress while planning a party is to make sure that you plan early. By planning as many things as you can ahead of time you’re saving yourself a lot of time and also allowing more room for error as opposed to last minute planning. Of course, there are going to be some things that cannot be done ahead of time, but you want to make a list of what can be done weeks in advance to give yourself the time you need. The more time you have, the less stress you’ll be under.

Aside from planning early, here are some more helpful tips:

1. Decorations are something that can be done ahead of time. If you’re going to recycle any of the decorations you used last year, you’re going to want to pull them out and check to see if anything is damaged, worn out, or missing. This gives you enough time to replace the decorations or even repair them before the party.

2. Having a lot of guests? Many times for larger Holiday parties there will need to be table, chair, linen, and glassware rentals. By locating a place to rent and doing it ahead of time you will be less stressed and won’t have to go looking around at the last minute for what you need.

3. You can also think about the menu well in advance. If you’re going to make the meal, you can consider making a list of everything you will need. Some foods you can check for sales on and have it on hand, this way you don’t have to do much shopping when stores are crowded and supplies are limited. If you’re getting it catered, you can start calling to make arrangements to have the meal prepared and even delivered taking the entire burden off of your shoulders.

The best possible solution for reducing the amount of stress that goes into planning a party is to ask others for help. You can have a friend or family member shop up early to help you with any last minute details before the guests actually arrive. You can even enlist help well before the party for the planning portion. Just because you’re a jack of all trades does not meant that you can ask for help and still pull off a fabulous party.

By following these simple tips you’ll feel so much better this year as you’re planning your event. Once that doorbell rings and your guests begin to arrive, you should pat yourself on the back for a job well done, because this is certainly no easy task. The last and final tip is to relax and enjoy your hard work. Your party will be great and the spirit of friends and family around the Holidays will make all the planning worth while.

Tags: holiday, party, planning

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