Christmas can be a stressful time of year for any host, and with so many guests, so much food and so much potential for disaster, you could probably benefit from these handy tips to reduce the stress.
Make organising easy
Organising a Christmas party can be a major headache for any host or hostess. From arranging Christmas party bags to preparing food and setting up entertainment, the whole process of sorting out the festivities for friends and family can seem to be more hassle than it’s worth. These helpful hints are designed to point you in the direction of a stress-free Christmas party. From trouble-free Christmas party supplies to easy dinner dishes, these tips will make sure that you enjoy the occasion just as much as your guests do!
Create a Theme
One way to make arranging decorations and other Christmas party supplies easier is to set a theme for your event. When guests are prepared for fun in advance, keeping them entertained is a lot easier. Why not have a silly Christmas jumper party, or fancy dress, or a black tie theme? Your chosen theme will help you to decide whether to have a buffet or sit down dinner. It will also make it easier to select the right decorations, music and entertainment
Prepare Your Menu
Being well prepared in advance will ensure that you don’t have any last minute stresses such as discovering that some of your guests have a peanut allergy or need gluten-free food, or that half of them are strict vegans. Make sure that you know about your guests’ food preferences and requirements well before the occasion itself. This will give you enough time to plan a menu that caters to their needs.
A buffet is one of the easiest ways to feed a large group of people. You can even buy the food ready made and simply serve it on nice dishes if you’d prefer. If you’re planning a proper sit-down dinner, you can make life easier by giving your guests a couple of choices to pick from in advance. That way, you can buy the right amount of food without having tons of leftovers (or worse, not enough to go around). The easiest way of all to feed everyone is to ask every guest to bring a dish to share. If you’re having a casual party this is perfectly acceptable and is a great way of ensuring that everyone likes at least one thing on the menu.
Cleaning And Decorating
Draft in your family members to help share the burden of cleaning the house for your guests. Don’t feel pressured to clean areas that they won’t be visiting- if there’s no chance of anyone going in your spare bedroom, don’t clean it! There’s no point in giving yourself extra work. When it comes to decorating your home for the party, there are plenty of great Christmas party supplies available both in high street shops and online. You’ll probably already have a tree up and some strings of fairy lights can work wonders to create atmosphere, especially if they’re paired with some tea lights in lanterns or even in glasses, strategically placed around the room.
It goes without saying that if you have to buy a gift for every guest that is coming to your party you’ll be spending a fortune. Save yourself the effort, time and money by opting for a Secret Santa gift exchange instead. That way, every guest will only need to buy one present and won’t have to break the bank. Even better, you could put a maximum price limit on the gift. You could even make it a competition to find the most creative present for £1.
Relax And Enjoy
The real key to a successful Christmas party is for the host to relax and enjoy themselves. If the host or hostess is uptight and stressed, that will permeate through to the guests. This means they might not be able to have a good time. Loosen up, put some festive music on, pour a glass of wine and just kick back and have fun. Your guests aren’t there to judge you, they’re there to have a wonderful time.
With these helpful tips, you’re sure to have a great stress-free Christmas party this year with all your friends and family. So, relax and enjoy being a fantastic host!