Holiday parties are great opportunities for family members to get together but hosting it can be stressful and costly.
But with these simple tips, I can guarantee you a memorable, stress-free and budget-friendly Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner — or any holiday party!
- Set a budget.
Decide on how much you want to spend for this party and stick to it.
- Plan the menu
It is very important to plan ahead because doing last minute shopping can be quite costly. Plan for simple dishes that don’t require expensive ingredients.
Also, planning ahead gives you to time to look for coupons that you can use to purchase your ingredients and party needs.
- Share the duties.
Hosting the dinner party doesn’t mean that you have to do everything. Ask your children and grandchildren to contribute as well. You can assign specific responsibilities like bringing a specific dish or doing the decorations.
- Don’t spend much on decorations.
Another way to create a more festive party is through decorations. You don’t need to spend much money, time and effort for this. You can use materials that you can collect outdoors like pine cones, leaves and twigs.
Also, reuse decorations from last year so that you don’t need to buy new ones.
- Make things ahead.
Making ahead some parts of the menu will really help avoid the last-minute rush which is very stressful.
Also, set the table the night before so that you don’t have to worry about it on the day of the party.
Always remember that the parties aren’t just about the fancy food. It is actually about spending time with your loved ones. Don’t get wrapped up in the kitchen during the party or stress yourself over unnecessary details. Enjoy the company of your loved ones and friends. Take time to talk and bond with them. At the end of the day, what will be remembered are the conversations and not the meals and decorations.