You survived Thanksgiving without going into a food coma. You got the Christmas tree up without breaking any of the important ornaments and with many happy recollections of family time. Nobody fell of the ladder when you were hanging up the outdoor lights, and only one strand of lights was broken. Despite the obvious blessings of the holiday elves, you still can’t relax, because in half an hour, guest will be pouring through your front door, expecting a holiday party to end all holiday parties. Take a deep breath, because it is all going to be ok. Sublime Homes has come up with a handy guide to putting on the final touches to your party and mitigating crises before the guest arrive.
If everything has gone smoothly in your preparation stage – all the food came out fine, and nothing unexpected cropped up – but you still feel like you need to do something, don’t worry, you are just having some mild anxiety before your party starts. At this point you should do a final look over of your food and decorations, maybe fluff your pillows, and turn on your favorite music. Your friends are going to have a great time at your holiday party.
If you have had a minor kerfuffle with your decorations – after all, not everyone can be the queen of Pinterest, and many ‘easy’ DIY decorations are far from that – you have to decide if you have enough time to totally start over, turn your craft into a new thing, or go for a minimalist theme. If you have enough time to restart your DIY decoration project, take a deep breath and consider scaling back the project. If you don’t have enough time to totally start re-decorating, but won’t let Pinterest get the better of you, there are ways you can turn your problem project into something new. Deformed cut out snowflakes can be quickly cut up into confetti to create ‘snow’ on your tables. If your Christmas cookies and treats didn’t come out as cute as they should have, put a cheeky note out on the table that you are saving the best treats for Santa. If all else fails, you can always rid yourself of the chaotic craft, and opt for a more minimalist theme, letting your good company be the center piece of your party. Don’t let decoration issues bring you down as you host your party. The holidays are about spending time with the people you love, and if you can let the stress of decorating go, you and your loved ones will be able to laugh about your holiday mishap. If you want a good laugh, you can always pull up Good Housekeeping’s gallery of holiday fails.
Every good party needs food. Realizing that your meal or snacks didn’t come out the way they should have can be one of the most stressful things to happen before your guests arrive. For dinner parties, or any other type of party where the main focus is a sit-down meal, it is crucial you prepare wisely. If a side dish didn’t come out the way the recipe said it would, scrap it, and move on. There is almost always too much food made for parties, so having one dish absent, won’t cause a problem. For portions of the meal like desert or bread, consider sending a family member to the grocery store for a replacement. For problems with main courses of a dinner party, you are going to have to find a way to replace or fix the food. If you don’t have time to restart or repurpose your dish, sending a family member out to get a roast chicken from the store is generally the best option. If the problem with your food is cosmetic, don’t worry about it. If you are throwing a dinner party, make a joke as you serve it, and if you are throwing a snack based party, just put out a cheeky note.
As you wait for your guest to arrive to your holiday party, keep in mind that despite whatever issue you are having with preparations, your friends and family are coming over to spend time with you, not because they expect to have a five-star meal or attend an event. The holidays are about being with the people you love, so don’t let a minor setback make you miss out on your friends and family.
Author: The Sublime Team