‘Tis the season to be Jolly! It’s also the season to eat drink and be merry! I walk a fine line between loving to party with friends and family and not having any time to do anything. It’s no fun when hosting a party becomes a burden. Over the years, I have discovered some strategies to help keep the fun in the party and leave the stress far behind.
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Secrets To Hosting A Stress-Free Holiday Party
Quit trying to be perfect! You can have a perfect holiday party even when things go wrong. Focus on your guests and everything will be just fine. Simple food and decor is perfectly acceptable when it is put together with thought. Simple, healthy ingredients are perfect for even the pickiest of party-goers.
Write out lists. Write out grocery lists, lists of your favorite recipes, and decor ideas. It is also helpful to have a guest list including phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. Keep these lists in a holiday binder so that you can refer to them from year to year.
Stock Up! Make sure you have plenty of Stella cheeses. Check out all of their different varieties here and you will always be prepared to make this easy Stella Cheese wreath. I love Stellas’s Fontinella cheese for this wreath. You will also want to keep a variety of crackers, fresh fruit, and bottles of wine at the ready so you can easily prepare for a fun evening with friends or family with little effort.
Keep it Casual. Formal events are wonderful, but they are a lot of work. Most people I know are just as happy (maybe even happier) with casual events. Casual events are certainly more comfortable for children and parents with small children. Set up a buffet and let everyone fill their plates with their favorites. There is no need to make people feel uncomfortable because of their food preferences. Set up chairs around the room and bring in extra seating if needed. I also like to clear space for mingling. This really helps to keep the conversation going and allows room for toddlers to play with mom and dad nearby.
Prepare a Holiday Playlist. A great holiday playlist always keeps me relaxed. Humming along as I set things up sets the mood for a joyous party. Setting the mood is also important for guests. Most parties start out pretty quiet. A great playlist in the background creates fun conversation starters and “hides the quiet” until your guests relax and get the party going.
I love the holidays and celebrating with friends and family. I’m also a busy mom. Busy is a constant in my life and the holidays only make things busier. I’m sure you can relate all too well. I don’t let busy stop me from really enjoying the holidays and I don’t want busy to stop you either. Stella Cheeses are a big part of my holiday strategy. It is so delicious and made with good quality ingredients. I know you will love it! I hope you find these tips helpful and you are able to relax and really enjoy the holiday season this year.