This time of the year is filled with hustle and bustle, and plenty of gathering with loved ones. If you are hosting a holiday event in your home, Willow Lane has the tips you need to ensure your event is filled with cheer and a lot less stress!
Be Planful. getting things done ahead of the event will alleviate the pressure on your to-do list. Whether it’s pulling together and staging supplies or make-ahead dishes, getting ahead of the big day will most certainly be beneficial.
Do not be afraid to ask for help. Being the “host/hostess with the most” is surely a coveted role, and the goal for any event is to ensure your guests leave happy and filled with fun memories. However, you cannot do it all. A great way to ensure your event goes off without a hitch is by delegating a few tasks to family and friends. Is your mom’s famous spinach dip a hit at every party? Ask her to bring it. Most of the time, your guest will be flattered that they can contribute something everyone enjoys and will be happy to lend a helping hand. This will help you focus on bigger tasks and will allow you to have more control over your day.
Focus on the flow. Consider the flow of the event space ahead of time, especially if it’s in your home. Get ahead of removing clutter, ensure there’s plenty of even flow between the food, sitting and gathering areas, and restrooms. Guests should feel comfortable moving around the designated space with ease.
Remove items that you don’t want to be ruined. Do you have an expensive throw blanket that you would be crushed if stained? An heirloom that is irreplaceable if broken? Remove those items immediately. Guests are expected to be respectful of your home and space, but accidents DO happen. Do not make your guests feel guilty if something spills or breaks. Eliminate the possibility by securing valuables away ahead of time.
Clean out your fridge before the event. If you are hosting for a large number of people, clean out your fridge and freezer to guarantee space for the food and beverages you will need for your event. Running out of space can be frustrating and troubleshooting takes time away from enjoying your event.
Don’t skimp on the surface area. Food and beverages take up a lot of space, and you do not want to lose valuable real estate on your counters that will be used for prep. Using folding tables and creating “stations” for beverages, snacks, desserts, etc will come in handy. You can also easily place a long table cloth over the folding tables to hide additional party supplies such as refills, coolers, and other unsightly supplies you may want to be tucked away.
Stock up on takeaway containers. Most events will be filled with tons of food, and often it is not finished. Give your guests take away containers to cut back on cleanup, and wasted food.
Most importantly, HAVE FUN! You should plan to have time to actually enjoy your event. After all, the hard work put into creating a night for your loved ones to enjoy should absolutely include you! Be sure to carve out time for you to relax and enjoy your guests. You should be making memories as well, not spending the entire time in the kitchen.