Tips for Hosting a Holiday Gathering

The holiday season is upon us and one thing we all know about Christmas is the large get-togethers with friends and family. There’s nothing better at this time of year than getting all of your loved ones together in a nice cozy setting for a big dinner that leaves everyone feeling stuffed and ready to fall asleep in front of a movie afterwards.

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However, as fun and as special these occasions are, they don’t organize themselves, and hosting one can be a very stressful time, even before the more difficult family members arrive! Most of the stress is due to the pressure of cooking and serving such a large amount of food, particularly if you find out that you’re missing something crucial.

Here are some great tips to help prepare you for a holiday gathering so that you can stress less and enjoy this time of year!

Make sure you have enough chairs

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other big family event, one thing you can guarantee is that someone will end up sitting on a chair that is clearly unsuitable for the dining table it’s found itself next to, simply because the hosts have run out of the right chairs. Don’t fall into this problem, make sure you have some stackable chairs in storage ready to get out on Turkey Day.

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Be ready for all the food preparation

If you’re hosting this year, you’ve got a lot of work to do during the day, so be certain that you have everything you need to get the job done. Whether it’s aprons (or kids’ aprons if you’ll be having some little helpers), steamers to sort out the vegetables or cutting boards to chop them. Oven mitts are important too for getting hot food out of the oven. You don’t want to find out too late that you haven’t got them. Also don’t forget about cleaning gloves and towels for washing up.

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Don’t forget the drinks and snacks

With a houseful of guests to entertain, you don’t want to run out if you want to be remembered as a great host. It’s not just a case of remembering to buy enough, you also need to store them and serve them. Your guests might not expect just one meal, they’ll want a few snacks throughout the day, like popcorn if you happen to watch a movie!

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Get rid of the leftovers!

One final absolute guarantee for the holiday season is that you’ll make too much food. If you don’t want to end up still eating turkey by mid-January, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got some tupperware storage boxes that you can send with your guests to avoid having too much leftovers.

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