Holiday Party Tips for Stress-Free Entertaining

Hosting a holiday party this year? Make it as memorable for yourself as you’d like it to be for your guests with the help of a few simple holiday party tips. In this post, we’ll show you how sticking to easy appetizers, starting early, and preparing big batch cocktails can cut down on stress and leave you time to be the life of party. Over the next week, we’ll also release some  delicious new holiday appetizer recipes for you to try at your next party. 

Tip 1: Stick to Easy Appetizers

When planning a party, many of us have a tendency to try to impress our guests with elaborate dishes. While it’s great to experiment and get creative in the kitchen, cooking too many complicated dishes can become stressful fast. This year, stick with easy appetizers that save you time and let you focus on the main course. Easy appetizers need not be boring or bland. In fact, we’ve found that the simplest recipes can often be the biggest crowd pleasers. Don’t believe us? We’ll prove it to you as we release seven easy to prepare appetizer recipes over the next week—just keep an eye on our Facebook page. 

Tip 2: A Stitch in Time Saves Your Sanity

While it’s true that a stitch in time saves nine, it’s also true that the same stitch in time can save your sanity when it comes to planning and hosting holiday parties. What we mean to say is that the best way to reduce stress when planning a holiday party is to start preparing early. By preparing ingredients and freezing dishes in advance, you’ll cut down on the time you need to spend in the kitchen on the day of your party, leaving you time to relax and enjoy the process. It’ll also make it easier to deal with the unexpected and save you from having to make frenzied grocery runs. 

Tip 3: Big Batch Cocktails are a Big Win

As a host, it’s up to you to set the tone of the party, but that’s pretty difficult to do if you’re preparing drinks all evening. That’s why one of our favourite holiday party tips is to set out wine and prepare a few big batch cocktails that guests can help themselves to. Don’t forget to mix up a virgin option for your guests who aren’t drinking. With guests able to help themselves to drinks, you’ll be free to mingle and enjoy their company!