Thanksgiving is just around the corner thus marking the beginning of the holiday season! For those of you who flit from party to party it is a season of love, joy, fun and warmth. But for those of you who host these parties, it may be a season of stress. I’ve seen this struggle first hand; as the warden of the Thanksgiving feast and of the Christmas Eve bash, my mother spends much of the party hidden in the kitchen doing her best not to have a nervous breakdown. I’m sure that many of you can relate, or can at least think of somebody who suffers the same fate.
But what if I told you that it doesn’t have to be this way, that there are things that you can do to take some of the pressure off of you or your host so that you can enjoy the holidays rather than worry about them? Below are 3 things that you can do to make this season of cooking and cleaning a season of joy. You can thank me later 😉
- Don’t Procrastinate; work ahead!
Ah procrastination! It is something that plagues nearly everyone at some time or another. But when the party that you’re hosting is a day away and you’ve got a floor to mop, counters to clean, stuffing to make, and a turkey that just hasn’t thawed out? Well the only person who can be blamed for your sky-high blood pressure is you. Rather than putting off everything until last minute, make a list of the things that you can do ahead of time and get to work. If you mop the floor a week in advance, maybe all you need to do is a 5-minute dust mop before guests arrive. If you make it a point not to shove your purse, keys, mail, prescriptions, and other miscellaneous items on the counter when you get home from work, then that’s one less spot that you have to deal with later.
Nowadays grocery stores offer a wide variety of fresh and frozen foods that no sane guest would turn down at a party. Some of these can be pricey (catered sushi anyone?) but some are rather reasonable. I’ve seen frozen Gorgonzola and caramelized onion cups for just $6; much less expensive than if you were to make them or a similar app yourself. Or, if you’re feeling especially relaxed, pick up some pizza bites or bagels for $3; sure they don’t scream fine dining, but your guests will devour them faster than they take to cook.
- Make it a Potluck/ Ask for Help!
One of the biggest mistakes that hosts make is assuming that they have to do it all on their own. If this is truly the case, then you need to find new friends and family, because they’re not nearly as supportive as they should be. However, most friends and family will gladly lend a helping hand if you just give them some direction. If you’re tired of cooking the entire meal, ask each of them to bring something. By spreading the responsibility, it assures that nobody feels overwhelmed and that everyone contributes their fair share. If you’re tired of facing a stack of dishes as high as the Washington Monument once the meal is done, call in the troops! With multiple people washing, drying, and putting things away, what could’ve been an hours worth of work can be done in a snap!
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