Tips on How to Throw a Stress Free Christmas Party (Recipes Included!)
Christmas is right around the corner, can you believe it? 2016 has flown by and what better way to celebrate than with a Christmas party for Friends and Family? Hosting a Christmas Party (or any party for that matter) doesn’t have to be stressful. I’m going to fill you in on some tips that will help you throw the best Christmas party ever!
First, figure out what kind of party you want to have. Choosing whether you are going to host a sit-down dinner or more of a cocktail party is important before you make any decisions regarding the party. Determining this will help planning and the theme for your party.
If you are hosting a dinner, a buffet is always the most stress-free option (besides having food catered). Hand your guest a plate and let them get whatever satisfies them! If you are hosting more of a cocktail party, having the hors d’oeuvres prepared ahead of time and stocking the pantry will help you out tremendously.
Second, send out invitations to your guest. It is important to send out Christmas party invitations at least four weeks prior to the party. The Holiday season is one of the busiest for everyone. Sending them out at least four weeks in advance will help them get it on their calendar and plan other events around your party.
The theme of your invitation needs to match the theme of your party. If you’re having a relaxed buffet style party then your invitation should relate so your guests will know what to expect and how to dress.
Having the correct information on the invitation will also keep your Christmas party stress-free. Some things that need to be included are: Location, Date, Time, Host’s name and RSVP information. Things that could be included are: Whether food and drinks will be provided, if a game will be played that requires a gift and if this is a child-friendly party.
Next, decide on your budget for the party. Creating a budget will allow you to pick your menu and decorations accordingly. The worst feeling in the world is creating a grocery list without a budget and getting to the checkout line and seeing that really big number you weren’t expecting, and didn’t plan for – especially this close to the holiday season. Things you want to factor into the budget: Food, drinks, plastic-wear, plates, napkins, decorations, invitations, envelopes and postage.
Create your menu. Knowing your budget will keep this process as stress-free as possible. Pick the dishes you want to prepare and find recipes that suit your budget. Planning your menu after the RSVP date will help last minute changes. Knowing who is attending your party will help plan your menu to fit the needs of your guest. Keep in mind vegetarians and people with allergies that may be attending.
I found some simple recipes that are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Click on each picture to get the full recipe.
LOADED CHEESE BALLS
These loaded cheese balls are made in three easy steps and 9 common household ingredients. – Who doesn’t love a recipe with only three steps and that’s made up of things you already have?
Make this queso in two simple steps! This is the perfect appetizer for your hungry guests to nibble on before dinner is served.
PEPPERMINT BARK DIP
Chocolate, four ingredients and two steps, what in the world could be better or easier than that? This is certain to be the hit of the dessert table!
CHEESY CAULI TOAST
Do you have any vegetarians attending your party? This is a great recipe to please all types of guests at your party.
PUMPKIN SPICE PRETZELS
Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice anything? – Especially during the holidays! These pretzels are a light dessert that your guest will enjoy even after they got their bellies full.
If you are planning on serving alcohol at your party, set up a self serving bar. If you are hosting the party the last thing you want to be doing is mixing drinks or pouring wine all night. Have cocktail recipes already made in pitchers, liquor and mixing bottles, wine bottles with a cork screw nearby and beer bottles (or cans) with a bottle opener near. Also, having pitchers with water and tea will make sure all guests are served with what they want.
Next, make a detailed list. Making a list will relieve some of the stress from the party. At least a couple days before the party make a list of everything that needs to be done the days leading up and the day of the party. Leave at least an hour of free time before the party to manage any last minute emergencies. The details of the party like what needs to be made and when, what needs to be bought and when and who is doing what (if you have helpers) will create for a great party with nothing forgotten.
Finally, stick to your list and have fun! After checking off everything on your list, your guests should be arriving soon! Relax, take a deep breathe and remember to have fun no matter what! Enjoy the company of your friends and family and the Christmas spirit.
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