Host a stress free Christmas celebration

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Most years we have celebrated Christmas at our house, so the kids can play with their gifts and swim in the pool as Christmas Day is usually hot!  So I know to play host can be stressful.  Today I would like to share some of my top tips to ensure you enjoy the day!

Decorations

We all love decorations and Christmas isn’t Christmas without a tree.  Try and decorate the tree and/or house early December.  Not only will this help you get in the Christmas spirit, it is one check on the list early in the month!

Meal Plan

At least 2 weeks before the day plan what food you will be serving, write out a shopping list and as items are purchased cross off the list.  Create a plan in which to prepared and cooked to ensure you have everything ready on time.

Other option to eliminate some of the stress of cooking is to ask your guests to bring a plate of food, some may consider this rude to ask, however I am sure your guests will be more than happy.  Organise for one person to bring bread, another salad, ham, seafood etc.    

There is a complete meal planning section in The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner.

Music

Gather together a few CD’s to play on the day, or have your iPod playlist ready to go.

Drinks

To keep guests from coming into the kitchen, set up an area for them to easily access hot and cold drinks, having clean cups on hand.  The Aussie way would be to use an esky.   If you have a lot of kids attending perhaps write their names on the cups so they can remember which cup is theirs.

idea found via makeandtakes.com

Supplies

Ensure you have enough platters, plates and cutlery for all your guests.  If you don’t consider borrowing what you may need or purchasing the plastic variety which I think is perfectly acceptable.  Also, don’t forget you have enough toilet paper!  

How do you make Christmas Day stress free?

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5 comments

Sevencherubs December 12, 2011 - 3:27 PM

Great tips. We love to write names on cups as well every time we have people over or a party. Makes it so much easier to keep track of drinks and wastage of cups. N x

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Claire @ Claire K Creations December 12, 2011 - 4:44 PM

I don’t think asking people to bring a plate is rude at all. If you’re hosting it’s the least they can do! The toilet paper is a good tip and easy to forget!

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Katrina December 22, 2011 - 12:50 AM

sometimes the simple things are easily forgotten 🙂

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Customized Creations December 13, 2011 - 4:44 AM

These are great tips. We haven’t had guests at our house for Christmas yet but I’m sure we will at some point. I’ll need to remember these.

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