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Whether you’re throwing your first holiday party or you’re a veretan┬áhost, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement and the stress of filling your home with food and friends. Here are a few tips to help keep your head steady and your stress level down both before and during your holiday party!
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Make a List

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Creating a list can be a life saver when you’re planning a holiday party! Plan ahead, and don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to others. You are only capable of so much, so allow others to help out as well. It makes your guests feel more involved in the event!
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Cook Ahead

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Prep as much as you can beforehand. Soups and stews are easy to prepare ahead of time, and they’re a great holiday and winter food! Plus you can make a big batch that will feed a crowd. Making dishes that you can freeze ahead of time and pop in the oven the day of your party will save you lots of time!
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Stock Your Cupboard

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Make sure to keep your pantry stocked with snacks that are easy to nibble on, like cookies and crackers. You can also buy nuts in bulk and mix them together for an easy appetizer! Consider keeping long lasting items on hand, such as jarred tapenades and pestos. When mixes with sour cream these make an impressive dip to serve with crackers!
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Keep Drinks on Hand

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It’s always smart to stock up on lots of different beverages so your guests have plenty of options. Sodas and mixers can be great for those who want a cocktail, but make sure to have non-alcoholic options as well such as coffee, cider, tea, or cocoa.
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Create a Comfortable Environment

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If you have a lot of company coming over, consider a buffet style dinner as opposed to formal seating. Make the buffet table more accessible by pulling it away from the wall, allowing lines to form on both sides. Full guests are happy guests!
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Add Festive Sounds

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Create a playlist of your favorite holiday songs that you think your guests will enjoy. Make sure the music isn’t too loud so that your guests can still easily engage in conversation. Mix it up by including the classics along with some new tunes!
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Relax, You Got This!

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Even if you feel like you have a million things to do, try to remember that your guests are here to enjoy themselves and they are not looking at all the little details! Don’t stress if everything doesn’t go exactly as planned – at the end of the night, everyone will only be talking about how much fun they had!
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