Although we’ll miss the holiday season a part of us is no doubt happy that the gauntlet of party planning is over. Having friends and family over for the holidays can be a great experience but sometimes we feel overburdened and pressured by the preparations. After you’ve had a moment to take a breath, compose yourself and consider what you can improve upon the next time the holidays or a major party event comes rolling around.
What’s Your Trendy Niece Eating
Inviting guests over for a certain number of hours typically means that you’ll be cooking and feeding all of them. To make sure that your guests eat well and that your time isn’t wasted be aware of what everyone’s willing to eat. Is your little niece of cousin finally embracing a gluten-free diet, or did your brother have a late self-discovery and has now gone vegan? While these new diet developments make for great dinner gossip they don’t always make it easy for you to plan a meal. Send a mass email out before dinner asking if anyone has any allergies or unique eating habits before your break your back in the kitchen.
Don’t Sweat the Designs, Leave it to the Pros
Why is it that we always feel obligated to clean the place up and extravagantly decorate whenever we have people over. If these are family and friends that are near and dear to us shouldn’t they accept us for the lazy, complacent people we are? At any rate, should your inner interior decorator arise do yourself a favour and purchase an package of hand-picked items that capture a certain theme. You can spend all of your planning time bouncing from one store to the next trying to capture the perfect Christmas or birthday themed interior décor. Skip the item hunting and order a party box full of all the decorations you’ll need for your party.
Ask for Help
You’re nice enough to welcome in a crew of people for a special time, shouldn’t one of those people be willing to help you out with preparing such an awesome party? Taking it all on alone can be pretty hard work. Pass off some of the burden by asking someone who plans on attending the party if they’re willing to help you out with cooking or decorating.