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Holiday Entertaining Tips for the Overwhelmed

Holiday-Entertaining-Tips Holiday Entertaining Tips for the Overwhelmed
The holidays can be a stressful time since there is so much to do! From shopping for gifts to planning holiday parties, it can get to be a little much for some people.

We all want holiday parties to be fun and games, but year after year the role of party host becomes too much to bear. There’s just so much to do! You have to keep your guests entertained and fed, all while making sure your home is ready to impress.

With so many things to keep track of, it’s almost inevitable that something will fall through the cracks. That’s why the first thing you should do when planning a party is to create a list! A list will help you prioritize what needs to be done, and will keep you from running around at the last minute.

A list is the perfect place to start. But after that it’s time to start planning your holiday shindig! To help you plan an event that will be one to remember, we have some tips to help you tackle the most important aspects of your party:
  1. Food & Beverage
  2. Entertainment
  3. The “After-Party” Clean Up
Now let’s get to planning!

Food & Beverage

The holidays usually revolve around great food and festive drinks. Most people go to a party because of the food, which is why it’s one of the biggest, yet most stressful, parts of the planning process.

Using a buffet style setup will help relieve some of your stress—and give you more time to breathe and enjoy your own party! All you have to do is put out the food at the start of the party and check back in to make sure nothing needs a refill. Also, you can make the buffet table more easily accessible by putting it in the middle of the room, so there’s more room for guests.

Want to make dinner even easier? Make your main dishes in a crockpot! In a lot of crockpot recipes all you have to do is toss the ingredients in the pot, give it a stir, and then in a few hours your dish is ready. If you want to cook several dishes using a crockpot, ask your friends and family if you can borrow theirs for the day.

Say goodbye to spending your entire night in the kitchen slaving over each course, and hello to a stress free evening. Make it even easier and set up a dessert buffet as well!

Your guests get to choose when they want to eat, and can go back for more without feeling guilty!

What’s a holiday party without a festive beverage or two? Make your party a hit by offering a hot chocolate bar for your guests. Offer different toppings, such as marshmallows and cinnamon sticks, and a few adult beverage options for those who want to spike their drink. Your guests will be toasting to you all night!


Now that you have the food taken care of, you can focus on making sure your guests are having fun! Start the night off with some holiday music: create a holiday radio station on Pandora so you don’t have to keep switching albums throughout the night.

A great holiday activity that takes very little planning is a White Elephant gift exchange! Just include a little note in your invitation explaining the rules, but don’t make it too complicated. Give your guests a price range for the gift and remind them to bring it wrapped. Try to keep the price range on the lower side, so guests don’t feel like they have to spend a lot of money.

For your littlest guests, set up a cookie decorating station in the corner of your kitchen to keep them entertained. You can buy cookie dough and icing at the store or make it yourself.

The “After-Party” Clean Up

The party’s over. Now you’re stuck cleaning up the mess! After a stressful couple of weeks planning, then a busy night, who wants to spend hours cleaning?

Here are a few tips to help you keep your holiday cleanup easy!
  • Keep Decorations Simple
  • Stay on Top of Kitchen Dishes
  • Use Disposable Party Products

Keep Decorations Simple

Decorating your house will help get you into the holiday spirit, but it can also be time consuming—and cleaning it all up can be a drag. This year, try to keep your decorations on the simpler side for your holiday festivities.

Add a little garland throughout your home and place a holiday rug at your entryway. Avoid using decorations that contain glitter or other loose materials, because they may shed and leave you with a mess to clean up.

Make cleanup even easier by decorating your home using holiday tablecloths and placemats. They will keep your tables from getting dirty, and make your home look festive!

Stay on Top of Kitchen Dishes

One great way to make cleanup easier is to clean your kitchen as you go. Start the day of the party with a clean kitchen and an empty dishwasher. Clean your dishes and other cooking utensils as you get ready for the party, so you aren’t left with a huge mess afterwards.

If you have free moments throughout the night, take empty casserole dishes to the kitchen and give them a quick rinse, or leave them to soak. This will leave your buffet table looking fresh, and make the dishes a little easier to clean later.

Use Disposable Party Products

Another great way to keep the party mess to a minimum is to use disposable plates and utensils. Plus, you don’t have to settle for flimsy paper plates or plastic forks with the help of Posh Party Supplies!

Make cleanup easier by placing small, decorative trash and recycling bins around the party area. This will encourage guests to throw out their trash when they’re done. You don’t have to get too crafty with them, just spray paint plastic garbage cans green or red.

Sit Back and Relax

These simple entertaining tips will help keep your holiday stress free! The holidays should be a time for family and good food, not worrying about your holiday party. Follow these tips and your holiday shindig will go on without a hitch!