For me, the holidays are a time to enjoy family and friends, great food and fun entertainment. I love this time of year and even the snow starts to feel magical around the holidays (once January comes, however, my feelings toward snow change drastically). Of course, along with joy and excitement, I have also experienced feelings of stress in the past and I’m sure you have, too. It’s hard not to when you have hosting duties to consider and parties to plan!
This year, stay ahead of the game by starting the to-do list below now. By preparing for the holidays in advance, you can spend more time enjoying the company of loved ones, rather than feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
1. Prepare your guest room and plan sleeping arrangements
If you’ve been using your guest room as a storage space lately, clear out the clutter and consider adding some welcoming touches. Depending on how many people are staying over, you might have to turn your living room or basement area into guest rooms, too. Consider the sleeping arrangement that works best for everyone and what supplies you will need (like blankets, air mattresses, etc.) to make it work.
2. Plan your menus
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, it’s not a bad idea to start planning menus now. Decide whether you want to make everything yourself or if you would rather have each guest bring a dish to share. If you’re hosting a potluck, knowing in advance will allow family and friends time to prepare for your party as well.
3. Start cooking (and freezing)
Holiday treats, soups and other foods can be prepared and then frozen several weeks before your party. This way you don’t have to live in the kitchen during the holidays and you can make cooking for guests feel more manageable.
4. Search for gifts
You know those people who are in the mall, hours before their holiday party, trying to find the perfect gift? Don’t be one of those people. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot less stressed if you start coming up with gift ideas now, rather than waiting until the last minute.
We might have some time before the holiday season begins, but now is the best time to start preparing for guests and parties. When the day of your first get-together arrives, you’ll feel confident and ready for the big occasion – after all, the hostess deserves to have fun, too!