If you are hosting a party this Christmas Season it is likely you are in need of a few party hosting tips.
While there is great joy in being surrounded by friends and family in your own home, there is also much work involved. For our own family, from Thanksgiving on through the New Year there are a whirl of activities. These are good times spent with family and friends.
Hosting parties are a joy; however, they do not occur without work, and unfortunately, at times, a great amount of stress. From concerns of cleaning the home, making food, to ensuring guests have a great time, there is a lot on the mind of a host or hostess.
If you find yourself preparing for a party this time of year, I hope the following tips can help you remember the often forgotten little things. The little thoughts which mean a great deal to guests. At the same time, some of these tips will aid you in avoiding stress while enjoying time spent with those you love.
Party Hosting Tips…
Helping Your Guests Relax
- When hosting parties, make sure you have extra toilet paper nearby. Place a cute basket on the back of the toilet and pile with that necessary item. This avoids forcing guests to root through your closet when the roll runs out.
- While still in the bathroom, place a scent burner (one that is flame-less and out of the reach of children) on the counter. This keeps the room smelling fresh making it possible for guests to avoid embarrassment.
- Before guests arrive have a preplanned area to place jackets (and shoes for those who would like to remove them). You do not want to run around at the last moment clearing a space for coats.
- If young children are coming, choose clear pops and drinks. Not only will this save your carpets, parents will notice and be thankful. Nothing more stressful for a parent than seeing grape juice or red punch on the counter.
- With children in attendance comes a need to find something for them to do. If you can, set up a room with toys for various age groups. Children will have a blast playing in a spot reserved for them, and parents will be able to relax knowing their children are playing in a kid friendly zone.
- Before the party, line trash cans with several layers of bags. This simple step makes it easy for anyone to remove the trash once it fills without having to search for a new bag.
Helping Yourself Relax
- You do not need to cook a fancy meal. Take away some of your stress by accepting that everything does not have to be perfect or handmade. Your guests are coming to have a good time with people. Yes, they want to eat, but as long as there is food, and a pleasant host or hostess, they are going to have a great time.
- In the past, our family used real dishes, cups, and utensils. Clean up after Thanksgiving was no joy. 2016 was the first year we switched to disposable. The result, clean-up was a breeze. Take note, sometimes it is best to make things easier on yourself. No, it may not be as pretty, but it does provide you with more time to spend with guests.
- Once the first of your guests arrive, preparation is over. Friends and family have come to visit. Your party needs to find you actually visiting. Do not be off constantly cleaning up and checking on food. Parties are times to make memories. If you are in another room the whole time you will not be a part of those memories.
May your Christmas parties be spent with you and your guests relaxing in each others company this season