Holidays are fast approaching and the excitement is already filling my house - along with the stress and pressure. Anyone else feel like Holiday’s bring such a delicate balance of avoiding burnout, emotions and family dynamics while also enjoying the moments that come along with it?
As newlyweds, our first holiday season together was so exciting - we were lucky to not feel stressed too much but as our family has grown, our kids get older and our partners and siblings life stages change it has gotten harder and harder. Hosting holidays can be a whole new level of excitement and stress, but either way one thing is certain and that is the amount of work, planning and prep that goes into planning family holidays increases dramatically.
This blog we are going to cover all the hosting basics from choosing the location, menu, ideas, tips and (because we like to cover everything) a week of timeline that breaks down common tasks you want to do. If you want the real info to dig into you'll want to download the free 14 page guide - with examples, and week of timeline.
So you’re thinking about, or already committed to hosting a holiday event. Now what? Where should you even start? In our opinion we think this comes down to the same first step as any event - picking a date and location.
For holidays you are hosting you want to plan the date with any co-hosts, or if it’s a family event talk to them to make sure that they are available. Coordinating schedules gets trickier the older everyone gets and the more each person / couple needs to juggle their families as well. Hosting for friends or work is usually a bit easier and you can choose what works best for you and go from there.
Where should you host the holidays?
For location our holiday guide focuses on two main options: 1) hosting at home or 2) hosting at a venue (private event venue whether a single room or a full venue).
The free guide you and grab HERE lists out the pros and cons of each so here we’ll just focus on the main things that could make one option a better fit than another.
Whichever route you choose just be sure that you are allowing yourself the opportunity to ENJOY the festivities too - without that, hosting is just a chore you’ll dread and will exhaust you each step of the way.
What about your holiday menu?
Next up on the planning list - the food YUM! This is what most people look forward to the most, which can mean the pressure is on. After all, a party without food is just a meeting. Here’s a secret for those of you that do not own an apron let alone want to spend hours in the kitchen. Many people have holiday parties catered. That’s right - they leave it to the pros. Of course you can order from restaurants, but we suggest looking into local caterers instead. Professional caterers usually have holiday menus ready for you to look over, with details on pricing and custom options as well. In addition to that they typically can offer you a variety of services and presentation including:
Ideas to make your holiday party fun or unique
Holiday party planning already stressing you out?
We get it - even for us, event professionals, hosting is always a little more complicated than you wish it was. The to-do list to get everything ready in time seems to be never ending too! If you are looking for ideas or inspiration on how to relax during the holiday season - especially if you plan to host - then check out the 12th page in our free download for some ideas. We’ve also included our favorite ways to relax for you too, some are easy to do at home and others will leave you feeling refreshed and pampered.
Holiday Hosting: Week of Timeline
Before we wrap this up we wanted to touch on one more thing - the timeline. When it comes to hosting it’s important (especially for your mental well being) to have a timeline drafted so that you don’t feel overwhelmed, like you forgot an important part and that you don’t get behind and end up stressed. You can use our free timeline to get started and feel free to make it your own by adding / removing anything to truly make it fit your plans.
Just remember that you chose to host the holiday event for a reason - and you deserve to enjoy it too! So whether your guest list is 10 or 100+ people, you have got this! It will be over before you know it, so don’t overthink it and definitely don’t stress yourself out about it. The best part about holidays are the people you surround yourself with and the memories you make. Odds are everyone of the guests you have invited have been in your shoes and completely understand - so don’t put too much pressure on yourself friends.
Best of luck!
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