How to Plan a Stress-Free Holiday Party
Holiday gatherings are wonderful opportunities to get together with friends and family. They’re also highly stressful for the host. You have a house to clean, food to prepare, and activities to keep in order. How on earth are you going to manage it all? The best holiday parties, however, are the ones that everyone is able to enjoy…including the host! Think that’s impossible? Try these simple tips to make your next holiday party stress-free.
Keep the Menu Simple
If you’re hosting a party, try throwing a potluck. When everyone brings a little something, there will be plenty of food and something on the buffet that everyone will eat. If you’re planning to supply all the food for the party, however, keep it simple: put out finger foods that don’t require a lot of prior preparation, and make sure that you have plenty of backup in the cabinets. Chips and dip or salsa, cheese cubes, and fruit are all easy to replenish in a hurry.
Enlist a Little Help
You don’t have to bring your best friend over to help you deep clean your house from top to bottom, but simply having someone on hand who can help get things straightened up will make your party preparation less stressful. Bring in a friend who doesn’t mind changing your towels, folding an extra load of laundry, or sweeping your floors while you attend to other party details. Better yet, go ahead and hire a maid service to come in immediately before the big event. You get the clean house with no effort on your part!
Keep the Activities Reasonable
Hosting a holiday gift exchange or game night? Don’t pile on too many activities. Have a few in your back pocket in case things get a little boring, but don’t feel as though you have to schedule every minute. Sometimes, good conversation with good friends is more fun than a night packed with activities. Also, keep in mind that when the party is over, someone is going to be left to clean up the mess, so keeping activities under control means fewer things you’ll have to pick up after the fact.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
When planning a party, hosts often forget about their heating and cooling systems. But a malfunctioning HVAC system can put a serious damper on your holiday party. When you schedule a professional maintenance appointment for your HVAC system with the professionals at Quick Servant, you’ll be ensuring your home will be comfortable for you and your guests.
Holiday parties don’t have to be stressful. Start by taking a deep breath and remembering why you’re doing this: it’s supposed to be fun! Once you’ve set your sights on an enjoyable evening with people you love being around, the rest is just the wrapping anyway.