Here are some ideas to throw a stress free dinner party during the Holiday Season.
1- Ask your family what traditions they love, and what they wouldn’t miss if they were gone. Focus on the favorites; nix the rest.
2- Include an easy-to-assemble crafts project at the kid’s table, so young guests have something to occupy them.
3- Let yourself off the hook and skip the “everything from scratch” mentality. Go boxed, jarred or purchased for items that are not the most important items on the table.
4- Serve a specialty drink or ask one of the guest to be responsible for it.
5- Keep it simple. The simpler the plan, the more you will enjoy the holiday, too.
6- Start cleaning the place in advance. Clean the main rooms, a little each day. Even set the table a few days before if you don’t use the dining room daily.
From Better Homes and Garden magazine.