Holiday season is right around the corner! Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and the New Year are all in the next two months. The majority of us can count down the days until we head over to a family member or friend’s home to eat, drink, and enjoy the good times, but some of us have responsibilities. Some of us have to be the family member or friend who provides the food, drinks, and good times. Luckily, you are in good hands with City Acres Market’s Thanksgiving catering menu where you can choose from holiday packages to pastas to desserts for everyone. For those wonderful hosts we share with you our holiday hosting tips.
Make a List/Plan Ahead
Hosting a great party is no walk in the park, it takes proper planning. There’s so much to plan that this entire blog could have been a list of things to do ahead of time. Before you become overwhelmed, start working on your list! Break everything down into groups to better organize: People, Apartment, Food, Drinks, Etc. Do your research ahead of time, that way you won’t be stuck lugging around bottles of wine around FiDi thanks to Minibar. After you download the app, all it takes is a few clicks to have a fully stocked party.
Imagine and Plan for Worst Case Scenarios
Parties are going to have issues pop up and there’s no stopping them. The last party to not have a spill was 1923. That was a made-up fact, but the point is small issues like spills are funny and give the party energy. The big issues are what can turn into party killers. If you know you are inviting Bernie Sanders to your party, maybe don’t invite Donald Trump. If you have to invite them both, sit them at either end of the dinner table. A host can make a mistake and survive it, but a terrible mistake will be the end of the party. To make sure you do not run into the same issue, sign up for a party planning class at Maman Tribeca! Not only will you learn how to make the table look pretty, but the skills it takes to be the host with the most.
Put Guests to Work
That subtitle may be misleading. We aren’t telling you to ask your guests to cook the turkey, but there are certain tasks that guests can do easily on their own. Self-serve cocktail bar, self-serve appetizers, and a sign for where to hang coats are three setups to minimize a host’s workload. Guests don’t need you and most likely don’t want you to pour their drinks. Unless you need to cut someone off at the bar, don’t waste time on things guests are happy to do on their own.
Play it Safe
A holiday party is for doing what you do best. A thought may arise in your head such as “every Christmas I serve chicken, maybe it’s time I try a new tradition.” This is not a good thought. Stick to what has been done in the past and follow these delicious Thanksgiving Recipes by the Food Network. Plus, can you ever go wrong with roasted garlic mashed potatoes? What’s your go-to side dish for the holidays?
Our last and most important tip is to enjoy yourself. It truly is a bummer for guests when they see their host stressing and not having a good time. The party is better off with guests working compared to the host miserably doing everything. If you need help, hire the Little Miss Party people! They will help you handle coming up with the perfect menu to what decorations are needed for the perfect setup. It’s time you start being merry!