One of the best parts of the holiday season is gathering with friends and family. You can catch up with relatives during a friendly chat or play a round of card games with friends. However, there are many things to keep track of and prepare before hosting a holiday gathering for friends and family. This might put extra pressure on you during a time period when you should be enjoying yourself. If you or a loved one are wondering how to host the ultimate holiday gathering, here is a guide to help you host a happy and healthy holiday gathering.
Keep It Intimate
You may want to shorten your guest list or hold several small gatherings for different groups throughout the holiday season. If having a large gathering is a must for your family, consider renting a common room with enough space to host a party. Having a smaller gathering is both better to catch up more intimately and will also give you peace of mind.
Prepare Your Holiday Staples
Holiday dinners are the time to show off your cooking chops– stuffed turkey, roast ham, mashed potatoes and many more. Everyone loves a spread of delectable holiday fare during a holiday meal. There are many things you can prepare in advance and freeze the day before. Cranberry sauce, bread sauce and stuffing all freeze wonderfully– just take them out on the big day. A novel idea is to make it a potluck. Encourage guests to bring in their own signature dishes to share with everyone. Not only will it be a lesser strain on you, but there will also be a wider variety of delicious dishes.
Host a Party with Your Friends
Plan the big day together with friends. With everyone in the holiday mood and buzzing to have a great time, you are bound to find a couple of friends who are more than happy to work together and create an amazing holiday gathering. Make sure to delegate the tasks according to each other’s strengths to maximize the ease of planning. Hosting with friends would decrease the stress you would have to endure planning it alone.
Simplicity Is Key
Go for a minimal but striking decor style. For example, you can transform a portion of your living room to be the holiday focal point. Put down color-coordinated pillows and rugs and hang up pretty ornaments for a simple yet festive look. Before you splurge on new party supplies, take a look at what you already have laying around. Whether it’s the previous gathering’s decorations or the stack leftover single-use plates, make it easier on yourself and use what you have on hand.
Host Holiday Gatherings at Regency Pointe
What better place to host your holiday gathering than at Regency Pointe? Our spacious apartments and cottages allow residents to have family and friends over without worrying about getting overcrowded. Our concierge service also ensures that you can get assistance during the planning of your gathering. Alternatively, consider taking part in our many programs, such as baking workshops and holiday crafts, to get you in the festive mood as part of the community’s active lifestyle programs.