Hosting Your Families for the Holidays
The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year… but they can be extremely stressful as well. Prepare for the chaos by prepping ahead of time!
Before the crowd arrives:
- Make sure the guest room is ready for guests – change the sheets, vacuum and dust, free some space for their things, and clean the bathroom your guests will be using. Fresh flowers or a lightly scented candle as well as leaving a welcoming note with the wifi password, instructions for the TV, and some recommended activities are a few little touches that will make your guests feel at home.
- If you are hosting small children, take a few minutes to child proof your home by covering electrical outlets, moving items away from table edges, and moving any breakable and/or important items.
- Plan your table décor – set the table with elements that contrast your room or add pops of color, layering décor with various textures and heights gives the table dimension. Lit candles, flowers in small vases, table runners, and placemats all add subtle warmth without obstructing guests from other guests.
- Stock up on foods that your house guests can help themselves to, such as dry goods for breakfast or late-night snacks. Try to get to the store before the masses for easier shopping.
- Don’t forget to stock your bathroom with plenty of toilet paper so guests don’t have to ask mid-stay or during your holiday gathering!
- Cook ahead - if you can, make sure to prep as many foods in advance as possible. Make and freeze soup in advance for a quick and easy meal, prep cookie dough (or use store bought!), and prepare as much of the meal as you can.
On the special day:
- Keep appetizers simple – throw out some precut cheese and crackers, along with a nice wine and you’re good to go. If you need to fancy anything up, add some herbs on top for a more gourmet look.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Appoint a few family members or friends to assist you if you need help!
- Take deep breaths, don’t feel obligated to carry on traditions, and lower your expectations! No one will notice if you forget to serve an appetizer or don’t have time to make multiple desserts. Spend time with your family, relax as much as possible, and enjoy the holiday season.
Even if your holiday get-together seems not to be going well, just hang on and smile – your family will remember the fun memories and not your burnt main course!