5 Tips for Simple Holiday Entertaining

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The holiday season is upon us and for many of us, that means taking time out to get together with friends and family. If you’re one who is planning a seasonal party, these 5 tips can help make your gathering less stressful. And we could all use a little less stress during the holidays!

5 tips on keeping holiday entertaining simple

1. Decorating: Your guests don’t expect your home to look professionally decorated, so don’t feel you have to go overboard to achieve a festive tone. Add simple holiday accents to your existing decor, such as evergreen sprigs or garlands, hard candy, ornaments, holiday dishes, pine cones, candles, ribbons, or strands of lights. Need some visual inspiration? Online sites such as Pinterest will help spark your own ideas.

2. Meal Preparation: Instead of preparing the holiday party food all on your own, ask your guests to contribute a favorite holiday dish of their own. If you want more control over the pitch-in dishes, you can offer to provide the main course and ask for sides, desserts, appetizers, etc.

3. Plan Ahead: Do as much as you can ahead of time instead of waiting until the day of your party. For example, prepare your dishes ahead and freeze them until the day of the party. Take advantage of no-prep food items such as olives, nuts, crackers, etc. to add variety and ease.

4. Leave the Cleanup: Don’t spend your time during the party on kitchen clean-up duty–the dishes can wait until your guests have gone. To make things even more simple, consider using disposable plates and utensils.

5. Family Caregivers, Seek Assistance: If you’re a family caregiver of an older loved one and are planning a holiday party, a home health aide from Visiting Angels can step in to help care for your family member, freeing up more of your time. A professional caregiver will give you peace of mind knowing your family member is in good hands.

By keeping your stress level down, you’ll be free to enjoy your holiday gathering!