Hosting the holidays in your home can be both exciting and challenging. Not only are you focused on making the celebration special for your loved ones, but you also need to get your home ready. Here are three tips to simplify the process, so you can host with ease.
The best thing you can do to prepare is plan ahead and early. Think about how many guests will be coming, whether any will be staying with you, what kind of food you want to serve, what type of libations you’ll have, etc. Once you know what you need, you can move to the next phase.
Many holidays revolve around sharing a meal together. When you’re hosting, meal preparation can take a lot of your time. Combat this by prepping and cooking what you can ahead of time. This way, when guests are arriving, you’re not scrambling to get everything into the oven or onto a platter.
Let’s face it: sometimes we obsess over the little details that no one will notice. Reorganizing your kitchen cabinets or clearing out your linen closet shouldn’t be high on your list of priorities. Instead, focus on sprucing up the areas where guests will actually be spending their time. Add holiday accents to your living room, dining area and guest bath, but don’t feel that you need to go overboard.
Remember, the most important part of the holidays is spending time with those you love and enjoying it together.