With the holidays upon us, party season is here. It’s such a fun time of year to get together with friends, but it can also be a little stressful. I’m excited to partner with Whole Foods Market and share my tips for low stress holiday entertaining.
If you’re hosting a holiday gathering at your home, a lot of work goes into it. The last thing you want is to be holed up in the kitchen while your guests are having all the fun without you. Be a part of the festivities by doing most of the work ahead of time. By planning ahead and also being flexible, you can have your party and enjoy it, too!
Four Tips for Holiday Entertaining
Prepare Everything Ahead of Time
If you’re a type A personality like me, this one probably sounds obvious. You won’t have much fun at the party if you’re busy cooking, setting out dishes, and figuring out which napkins to use. Run through all the details before the party starts and get as much of the food prepared ahead of time as possible.
Delegate Tasks to Your Guests
Most guests like to bring something to contribute to the festivities. Rather than taking everything on yourself, find something for guests to bring. Things like drinks and baguettes are easy for your friends who don’t love to cook. Desserts, appetizers, and salads are great to delegate, too.
Get Your Children Involved
If you have kids, especially older ones, they should be helping out with food and household preparations. Putting them to work will help instill a sense of responsibility in them, and it’ll show them that they’re capable of making valuable contributions. They’ll probably enjoy the party more if they have a hand in the preparations.
Be Strategic about What to Buy
There’s really no need to make everything from scratch unless that’s something you love to do. If baking is your thing, make a couple desserts and buy the rest. If you have a favorite appetizer you like to make, go for it. Whole Foods Market has lots of delicious prepared foods for the holidays, so it’s a great place to shop if you’d like to outsource. This is food you can feel good about serving, and you can even order online. I love the convenience of ordering from the website rather than waiting in line at the store to place an order.
If you want some lighthearted inspiration for holiday entertaining, check out the fun video tips below from actress Kristen Bell. Like me, she loves the side dishes associated with the holidays, and she’s got holiday entertaining down with the help of Whole Foods Market.