During the Christmas period, through the hectic nature of the season, we can often forget the reasons why we choose to gather for parties, intimate or otherwise. Taking the stress out of entertaining by making some simple adjustments can quickly bring back the fun, into what is meant to be, a time of celebration.
So, how do you juggle a multitude of tasks and still keep the spirit of Christmas?
Forward planning is key to a stress-less time (but that’s not to say those impromptu ‘get togethers’ aren’t great fun)
If you’ve set your date, got your guest list sorted, then some quick steps can ensure you can enjoy yourself, too.
-What type of event do you want? Is it more formal for a memorable occasion or is it just your intention to get people together to have fun?
-Do you want to go all out to impress your guests with the food and drink, or is it about creating the right atmosphere?
-Write down everything from food and drink to music and decorations to help you get a clear picture of what you want to achieve.
-Choosing food that can easily be placed in the oven will ensure you’re not trapped in the kitchen, giving you more time to spend with your guests.
-Drinks that are easy to prepare or can be made in advance, such as pitchers. Mulled wine is perfect at this time of year and slow cookers are the perfect aid to keep your wine at the right temperature during the evening.
Be A Thoughtful Host
The key is to think about what you and your guests would most enjoy. When people are comfortable, then the right atmosphere naturally flows. Trying something new is great fun, just remember to cater it to those you’ll be spending time with, so no-one feels awkward.
If the event you’re organising is a larger party, ask some of your close friends to help set up or help prepare some of the catering. Having a couple of friends with you beforehand not only helps to alleviate the stress but also starts to create a party atmosphere.
Entertaining needn’t be expensive. There are some really economical ways to host an event. Low lighting and candles create such a great atmosphere and are especially lovely at this time of year. Essential oils are also a fantastic way too, of creating an atmosphere. Choose a festive blend (think cinnamon, orange and cloves), you can easily get these online. If you don’t have a diffuser, simply add fresh hot water to a mug and add a few drops.
But most of all, remember the reasons why you have decided to host your event. Creating the right atmosphere, to me, is more important than the smaller details. Celebrating with family and friends and embracing the spirit of Christmas is what it is really about.