Holidays can be amazing times to share with family and friends but if the role of host falls on your shoulders, the holidays can get a whole lot more stressful. Hosting is always a lot of responsibility but being the go-to house during a big celebration means it’s up to you to make sure everyone has a great time. If you’re hosting this holiday season and you want to up your host-game without breaking the bank or going a little nutty, try out our list of 5 holiday hosting hacks!
- Don’t Ignore the Dollar Store: Making sure you have enough plates, cups, silverware, and serving dishes for your holiday gathering can be a bit of a headache. On top of that, decorating for the holidays can get expensive. That’s where a dollar store can come in handy. Ceramic plates, real wine glasses, and holiday décor is all available for just a dollar a piece at some discount stores. You can even find themed china if you really want to go all-out. By shopping cheap, you can end up with a great-looking party without breaking the bank.
- Avoid Time-Intensive Themed Foods: The internet cooking video trend has given rise to lots of themed food ideas. From strawberries made into Santa hats to sliders made into reindeer, there are tons of supposedly-adorable appetizers, desserts, and drinks. The problem with these cute ideas is that they are time consuming to make. Don’t drive yourself crazy putting broken pretzels in slider buns; if you make sliders that taste amazing, no one will care that they don’t look like reindeer.
- Keep Activities on Hand: Activities and games might seem a little silly but most of us remember a time that we had a blast playing a game at a party. You don’t have to fill the whole night with activities, games, and crafts but it’s good to keep a few games on hand in case there is a lull in conversation or the night starts to droop early on. Activities don’t have to be complicated, either; something as simple as a goofy game of holiday-themed trivia can add some laughter to the night.