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I really love the holidays.
You see, I’m normally not the super social, “hey come on over to my house” kinda person, but during the holidays, that all changes.
I love being around family and friends this time of year, and I’m sure you do too. So for those of you who’ll be doing some holiday entertaining this season, here are a few tips for making things as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Make things super festive
You know what I’m sayin’ right? Ugly sweaters, decorations, Christmas plates! If you’re hosting people for a special occasion, try to make things a little fun and festive! Want specific ideas? Check out my post on throwing a holiday party that doesn’t suck. That’ll get you going.
Only invite people you like
This is YOUR party, so why the heck do you want people in your house you can’t stand? Um…you don’t. So don’t invite them. Because there’s nothing worse than being around people you really don’t like at your OWN FREAKING HOUSE! This is America, people, and you got rights! So instead of being miserable, make your holiday entertaining about spending time with your FAVORITE people. Save the drama for January-March.
Don’t overcomplicate things – everyone likes pizza and beer
Don’t spend hours in the kitchen making food. That’s the worst. Like, “hi, I came to your house to see you and hang out with you and now you’re gunna be in the kitchen the whole time all stressed out and stuff?” No. If you do that, consider you’re a bad hostess. Either make your get together a pot luck and have people contribute or dude….order pizza! No one in their right mind is gunna turn down pizza and beer. And if you want to be a TINY bit fancier? Bake pretty cookies.
Play some games
You know when there’s all that awkward silence because you finished talkin’ all the small talk possible? Yea, that sucks. So as soon as someone brings up the weather, hurry!! Do something about it! Save your fiesta! Cards Against Humanity, anyone? How about Heads Up? Not feeling either of those? That’s fine. Let the drinking games begin!
Start the clean up process right away
Okay, so people made a bit of a mess? Don’t panic. It means your party was a success. Congratulations you little hostess you! People had FUN. Just the price you pay for being an excellent entertainer. My suggestion? Start cleaning up right away. Don’t feel like cleaning up all the beer bottles around the house? Fine. I’ll give you a pass on that one, but at least put your dishes to wash.
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So before calling it a night, fill up your dishwasher, throw in an action pac, and wake up with one less thing to do!
Because less time washing dishes means more time with your family and friends, and that’s what the holidays are all about!
Any other entertaining tips? Let me know how your’e the hostess with the mostess this time of year!
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