Hosting isn’t always fun when you have a family to deal with. Inviting them to your home for the holidays is a nice gesture even if they can be rude. With a little creativity and planning, you will have an exciting holiday party. Here are seven savvy ways to make hosting your family more fun this Christmas.
1. Set Up the Guest Room
First, you want to make sure that your guest room is ready. You want to have a place for them to relax, sleep, and have time to themselves. The guest room should include a bed, a pantry area, and an entertainment center with a television. Move the furniture around to accommodate your guests and give them more space.
2. Keep Them Well-Fed
Food is another important element of any holiday party. You want to keep your food at the right temperature. For example, perishables belong in the refrigerator. You can also keep the food cold by sitting it on top of ice.
When hosting your party outside, keep it out of the sun. Also, keep the bugs away from your food by setting up food tents. Make sure that your food is properly cooked to the correct temperature. Either way, you don’t want to get your guests sick from your food.
3. Offer Cigars to the Adults
Keep cigars out of the reach of children but accessible enough that you can hand them out to the adults. Maybe you can gather the adults around for a cigar dinner party. This occasion should take place after hours when the kids are in bed. It’s a great way to create memories and do something different for the holiday season.
4. Have the Right Temperature
Make sure the temperature is set to the desired setting. If you live in a warm climate, keep the temperature as cool as possible. On the other hand, you don’t want to keep the house so warm that your guests are sweating.
There’s nothing worse than people fainting at a holiday party. Open a door or window to bring in some of that fresh air from time to time. It can get hot even with a small group of guests in your home.
5. Choose a Theme
Having a theme in mind for your party can make it more fun. It makes decorating and cooking easier. If the theme is snowmen or nutcrackers, have your guests return home with a fun party favor. You also want to keep them entertained with games and activities that fit the theme, such as holiday karaoke or an ugly Christmas sweater contest.
6. Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask your guests for help. Hosting a party on your own can be a challenge. Ask your guests to bring a dish from home or party supplies. You might feel like a bad host, but they’re willing to make your life easier. It’s good to have a few extra hands around when you feel like you’re in two different places at once.
7. Don’t Stress Out
Once your guests arrive, it’s time to enjoy the party. The most important thing is that you’re all together for the holiday season. Don’t apologize for what happened and don’t make it look like you broke a sweat. Nobody likes an uptight host. Make it feel like you’re grateful to have them there with you.