While the holiday season is filled with cheer, it can be filled with lots of stress and chaos, too. If you already have plans to throw a Christmas party (or wanted to, but didn’t want to deal with the stress of one), we’ve compiled a few tips to help you along. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
1. Make a list, check it twice
Plan ahead, and list out the guests you’ll invite, food you’ll cook, food you’ll buy, and decorations needed. You’ll want to prepare a Christmas playlist, and if you have roommates or a significant other, delegate some party prep!
2. Cook ahead (and buy ahead, too)
As a general rule, prepare as much for the party as you can beforehand. You’ll want to prep easy foods such as salads, antipasto appetizers, and soups. Go to the store and buy some finger foods that can be heated up in the oven the day of; mozzarella sticks, french fries, and quiche are all crowd pleasers.
3. Stock up on treats
Christmas is a time for cookies, sweets, and treats! You’ll want to stock up on Christmas candies, cookies, pie, and your sugary favorites. Candies and cookies require no preparation, and the pie can be made the day of. Easy peasy!
4. Drinks galore
A variety of beverages makes a good party great. Hot cocoa, apple cider, and tea are all solid winter choices.
5. Keep things clean and tidy
In the days leading up to the gathering, clean up your place room by room. Make sure the bathroom is ready for guests – an air freshener and festive hand towels are great add-ons.
6. Lets decorate!
Many stores offer affordable Christmas decorations, such as tinsel, garland, and buy-in-bulk ornaments. Try putting ornaments in a big bowl as a table centerpiece! Of course, your Christmas tree will be the star of the show.