What better way to break in your brand new Manuel Builders home than by inviting your friends and family over to celebrate the season with a wonderful holiday meal? Now, we know what is going through your head right, but there is no need to panic! We have five simple tips to keep in mind that will make your first Christmas host experience go off without a hitch.
Don’t Attempt to Fly Solo
Every big holiday meal is a group effort and the best ones have multiple people contributing to the success of the event. So maximize your resources and delegate! As the host, you will want to take care of the turkey and gravy or whatever your main course may be, but appetizers, sides, and beverages can be brought by others. When everyone pitches in, it takes stress off of you and gives you more time to focus on what’s really important.
Begin Your Food Prep Early
While you may think that the best holiday meal is one that is made fresh the day of, there is something to be said for starting a couple of days in advance. Items like casseroles, cranberry sauce, and pies can be made a couple of days in advance and still taste amazing on Christmas Day. In fact, it may even be a good idea to cook the turkey the day before as well! No one will tell the difference, we promise. By taking these early preparation steps, you will really cut down on your stress.
Begin Your Non-Food Prep Early Too
Not only can you get some of the food out the way early, but there are other details that can be done in advance so you won’t have to worry about them on the day of the event. Table cloths can be ironed, china can be washed, and extra supplies can be bought. You will want to do this early so you can focus on the food closer to the big day. Don’t forget about the fun too! Fill your home with festivity by adding those staple decorations like a wreath, garland, bows, tinsel, lights, candles and more.
Master To-Do List
Be organized and start early! Write down all the tasks that need to be accomplished and set aside times to do them. Crossing things off the list will give you a huge sense of satisfaction and you will feel less stressed if you can see tasks being accomplished.
Have Fun with It
We completely understand that hosting Christmas lunch or dinner can be quite the undertaking and can stress the host out. But remember that the holidays are meant to be enjoyed with those you love. Put some music on, grab a tiny helper, and have a little fun!