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5 Tips For Hosting A Stress-Free Holiday Gathering

The holidays are here and for us it’s all about relaxation and enjoying the company of loved ones. Each year, we get together with family for a calm day of exchanging gifts, playing games, and watching movies. The menu is always simple and there’s always just enough food for everyone without tons of leftovers. I’ll admit that home magazines and Pinterest have given me tons of inspiration for entertaining, but I know trying to do it all will result in stress. I know many of you are still recovering from Thanksgiving so to do it all over again seems like a bit much. On Christmas I’m all about keeping it simple – as it should be. Here are 5 tips for hosting a stress-free holiday gathering that will allow you to enjoy your guests this season.

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Simplify The Menu
You just got done preparing a Thanksgiving feast. Do you really want to do it all over again? I know I don’t! On Christmas we enjoy a smaller dinner. No huge turkey or ham, but simple roasted hens and a few of our favorite comfort foods and a salad. Consider store bought baked goods and maybe compromising with making a homemade eggnog.

Thrift Dinnerware
No fine China? Go thrifting! You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find! I love browsing thrift stores for dishes. I often find vintage gems that remind me of my childhood. I am not that old, but the pieces I remember date back to before I was born. Those quality pieces make the holidays special… the unique and memorable mix matchiness.

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Decorate On The Cheap
Decorate with items you already have around the house. Set out mason jars filled with mini Christmas lights or bowls of extra ornaments. Printables are also an inexpensive way to add holiday cheer. You can frame and laminate them for many years to come.

Assign Chores
The kitchen can become a disaster even when preparing the simplest of meals. Give each family member a job and clean as you go. The biggest problem that we have are dishes. Have someone keep the dishwasher loaded to avoid mountains of dishes. Wipe and clean up spills and when it’s all done, clean the floor. There have been plenty of times where guests arrived while I was cleaning the floor. The key is to get it clean enough. Family will understand.

Stock Up On Essentials
Whether you’re having a full house of guests coming over or not, you probably want to stock your house with necessities so you can enjoy time with family and friends, instead of running back and forth to the store for the not so fun stuff. As a family of five, we go through paper products like nobody’s business. Between kiddos who don’t quite understand toilet paper preservation (lol), allergies, and colds, I feel like I’m screaming “we’re out of freaking toilet paper” every two days. Now just imagine how fast we’d go through toilet paper sharing with a few extra loved ones.

Amazon is clutch for stocking up on bulk sized paper products. They have truly spoiled us with Prime, but if that wasn’t enough, Amazon is offering same day shipping on brands like Cottonelle, Kleenex, and Scott. So you can have all of your essentials before or as your guests arrive. By ordering from Amazon, you can have your bulk packs delivered to your doorstep in a cinch, save more than $8, and up to 15% when you subscribe to 5 or more items with Amazon Subscribe & Save.

The holidays are all about being present and spending time with loved ones. Implementing these simple solutions will help you create memories and make your guests feel special without over exerting yourself. 

Feel free to share your holiday hosting tips in the comments!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Daria Flores

    These are some great tips!!! essentials are so minor but so important!!
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    View Comment December 14, 2017 at 11:46 AM
  • Reply Mjchristine

    I agree! It does not have to be glamorous and expensive, let’s be practical just make sure to be with the whole family. Even there’s not much in the table as long as the family is together, happy and healthy then Holiday season will be as great as it should be!

    View Comment December 12, 2017 at 3:26 PM
  • Reply Ada

    These are wonderful tips! I always make hosting more stressful than it needs to be so I need to keep these tips in mind.

    View Comment December 11, 2017 at 12:24 PM
  • Reply Ruth I.

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here so Christmas and New Year celebrations are grand. We plan to make it simple this year and just enjoy the time with family. Thanks for the tips!

    View Comment December 11, 2017 at 11:58 AM
  • Reply Claudia Krusch

    I try to do as much prep as I can before the holiday. I want to be able to spend as much time as I can with the family. We are doing a potluck this year.

    View Comment December 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  • Reply Bobbi

    These are some great tips. Hosting a holiday gathering can definitely be stressing but it doesnt have to be.

    View Comment December 10, 2017 at 9:34 AM
  • Reply corinne & kirsty

    these are all great tips! I guess assigning chores is really important and help have everyone involved. i can only remember really relaxed holiday gathering.

    View Comment December 9, 2017 at 4:54 PM
  • Reply Fatima Torres

    I’m all for decorating on the cheap and having necessary things like tissues available for those who catch the sniffles. It’s a great way to plan ahead for your guests.

    View Comment December 9, 2017 at 3:02 PM
  • Reply soonjoo

    Holiday feast tend to start with lots of different menu and make you overwhelmed to prepare for me but I do also make menus simple and easy and also I do ask family members share tasks so we can all participate together :)

    View Comment December 9, 2017 at 1:03 PM
  • Reply Ali || Veggies by Candlelight

    Always stock up on essentials before hosting everyone. I love your decor! The thrifting of China, I never thought of that!

    View Comment December 9, 2017 at 9:23 AM
  • Reply Ericka

    These are some great tips. We all know how the holidays can be very stressful especially for the host.

    View Comment December 8, 2017 at 5:43 PM
  • Reply Monica Parlee

    Love all of your awesome tips! We have to enjoy the holidays too…and that doesn’t happen when you’re stressed to the max!

    View Comment December 8, 2017 at 4:36 PM
  • Reply Tara Pittman

    Having plenty of TP is a must. My grandma used to say “clean after everyone leaves.”

    View Comment December 8, 2017 at 2:51 PM
  • Reply Carissa

    I love getting my household and holiday essentials from Amazon! It’s a really great way to simplify life, especially during such a busy time.

    View Comment December 8, 2017 at 2:46 PM
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