Playing hostess can feel more “hustle and bustle” than “holly jolly.” But with a little planning and these helpful tips, this can be the year you finally enjoy the holidays just as much as everyone else.
First of all, relax—you’ve totally got this. Plus, you know what really makes a party perfect? Good company, warm smiles and loads of laughter. Everything else is a bonus. So focus less on origami napkins and more on enjoying simply being together. Got it? Phew! Now that that’s out of the way, here are a few tips to make all that “bonus stuff” just as beautiful as you imagined (without all the headaches).
The biggest stresser is running out of time. So, decorate a few weeks out, grocery shop days in advance and chop, prep and bake the night before.
Mix Up a Holiday Punch
Filling a big bowl with pre-mixed sangria, cider or eggnog will keep you from having to run around re-filling glasses all night. Plus, you may even save a little money. Set out glasses on a tray and guests will help themselves.
Rearrange Furniture & Set the Table the Night Before
Trust us, there’s no better feeling than waking up the day of your holiday soiree and seeing the house set up and ready. All you’ll have to do is fill in the blanks with food and drinks.
Set the Mood With Music
Never underestimate the power of a great playlist—anything too harsh will overpower your guests and pump up your stress level. Choose something light and instrumental for dinner. After, play something a little more upbeat (just enough to complement the chatter, not compete with it).
Take a Moment to Mentally Prepare
Take this tip very seriously—trust us! Right before guests arrive, set aside a few “me time” minutes to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Dim the lights, light a few candles, put on a little feel-good music and pour yourself a glass of wine.