The holiday season has arrived, which means lots of festive gatherings. This time of year is perfect to come together with those you love and reflect on 2019. It’s also when many of us see family and dear friends who live both near and far. No matter how you celebrate this season, we hope a few holiday parties are on your calendar!
If you’re planning to host a holiday party, we’ve got you covered. Bringing loved ones together can be such a wonderful gift, but it can come with its own set of stresses. That’s why our top five holiday planning hacks will help ensure your holiday party is a huge success and that you can enjoy it too!
Set a Date
The holiday season is a busy time of year for everyone, so setting your holiday party early is key, according to Punchbowl. Take an informal poll of some guests to gauge what day of the week might be best. You don’t have to go with a traditional evening or weekend party. Brunch is always a great option or look at a night of the week that’s not as busy as Friday and Saturday.
Create the Atmosphere
Holiday parties are a cozy affair, especially since winter is colder and darker than other seasons. Real Simple suggests creating the right mood by turning off the overhead lights and using lamps and candles. The warm glow is both comfy and with highlight your decorations.
Make a List
Santa is on to something with making a list and checking it twice. One crucial way to de-stress your holiday party planning is by creating a list and following through. Martha Stewart has some great tips on creating a useful list and schedule to help you manage hosting duties.
Think Hot Cocoa Bar
Nothing is quite as festive, easy, and inexpensive as a hot cocoa bar. If you’re trying to save some money but still want to host a holiday gathering, consider a hot cocoa bar in lieu of an open bar. Dave Ramsey offers some great tips for how to make a hot cocoa fun and festive. You don’t have to be a Scrooge to save a little money around the holidays. A hot cocoa bar also is perfect for guests of all ages.
Preparing all the food for any type of holiday party can be daunting. Add to that the need to have everything ready by a certain time and it can seem overwhelming. That’s why we love this tip from HGTV to cook ahead of time. Cook as much as you can in advance to make last-minute party prep less stressful. Food that is easy to prepare early and reheat, like soups and stews, also makes great meal options for a holiday gathering.
At Walden Pond, we believe it’s how you live that matters. That’s why we like to share holiday hacks and ideas to make sure you can enjoy this special time of year to the fullest. Happy Holidays!