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I love to host and have friends and family come to our house. I love cooking yummy foods for others to enjoy! I have found that there are some tips and items I keep in my “hosting kit” to make it through the holidays without loosing my mind.
Take the time to Plan.
Setting aside some time 2 weeks before I have everyone come into my house and writing out everything on paper makes a big difference in my stress level. There is something so freeing in getting things out of your mind and on to paper. I start brainstorming and researching ideas for the decor and my menu.
Make a menu & keep it simple.
All of us know what we are good at making and what recipes are our “show-stoppers.” I’ve learned to stick with those when hosting others. It’s not really the time to try out new recipes on a crowd that might not be as popular. Sticking to a basic menu is best.
My menu usually consists of items like: Turkey or Ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, macaroni & cheese, green beans, rolls and cranberry sauce. Add a pie or two and you have yourself the perfect holiday dinner! These recipes are usually hard to mess up. So, find yourself a simple recipe online and follow it to a T.
Start Early & Rest up.
These go hand in hand. I make sure that I start making deserts early in the week and do any early preparations that are possible. Otherwise, I find myself exhausted for my guest and my family. Spreading it out is so helpful.
During this time of the year, I always go pick up some Motrin PM from Target to keep on hand.
During the holidays, I rely on Motrin PM to get a good night’s sleep. After going all day, I really need to shut my mind off and fully relax. This helps me get up refreshed and ready to go the next morning.
The holidays are loud in our home with 3 boys and my nieces and nephews running around, Motrin PM helps me decompress and relieves my aches and pains from being on my feet most of the day.
Incentives always help me to stay motivated. Give yourself a treat when everyone is gone. Whether it’s a good book you are going to let yourself read, taking a nice, hot bath with candles, or a day at the spa, give yourself something fun to look forward to when all is said and done.
So if you are hosting the holidays this year keep my hosting kit on hand: A list for brainstorming, a simple menu, Motrin PM, and a fabulous reward. Happy Holidays!
What tips do you have for hosting without loosing your mind? Comment below.