Many of us might not be hosting this year but are going to be guests in a family or friend’s household for parties or holiday dinners. There are some tips I want to share with you that will make you a great guest this holiday season so that you can be a blessing to your host.
1. Ask to help set up.
I know when I am a host I struggle with asking others for help and just wanting to do it all myself but everyone appreciates help even if they don’t ask.
Offer to come a few minutes early and lend a hand in the set up process or even finishing up last minute cleaning. This is so helpful and will relieve some of their stress.
2. Bring more food than required.
Most people will bring a dish to a holiday party but, go above and beyond. Bring some extra items that will take away the pressure on the hostess. Whatever, others don’t offer to bring the hostess has to fill in the gaps and usually ends up taking on way more than everyone else, while still hosting, cleaning, decorating and so on.
I stop at Giant for all of my shopping needs. They literally have anything you could possibly need all in one place. I took my oldest son with me and grabbed some pre-made bakery items that he was very excited about!
I also stocked up on other items I needed for a few other dishes that I made like my “show stopping Macaroni & Cheese” ( recipe below).
3. Be a conversation starter.
Parties are dull when everyone sits around quiet, eating and looking at their plates. The host many times feels the pressure to keep people entertained, engaged and having a good time. Ask engaging questions to your friends and family. Try to get to know someone better. It will be so beneficial to the entire party.
4. Help with clean up.
Even if you have little ones in tow with early bedtimes, ask what you can help do before you leave. If you can stay and help out when the party starts to wind down. I know when I host, by the time everyone leaves I am exhausted but still have so much to do to clean up. So be helpful, it goes a long way.
Here are some of my friends & I at our last party! Happy Holidays!
*For more holiday tips, Check out “How to host a holiday dinner without losing your mind.”