The holiday season is here and one of the best parts of the holidays is spending time with family and friends. Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Having a company Christmas party? The neighborhood white elephant gift exchange? Great people, good memories, lots of laughter, and yummy food are all ahead of us. However if you are hosting the get together you can usually throw in a little stress and last minute fretting into the mix. Who needs that?! Following a few simple guidelines and helpful tips can really help to reduce the party planning panic.
For me, the most stressful part of any get together is the food. I always worry about the food, will we have enough…will it taste good…will it all be ready on time…etc. If I can eliminate those worries I’m good. So let’s start there.
The following chart is a suggested guideline only. Obviously the numbers will be a little different if you are feeding 25 girl scouts or 25 high school football players. But for your average get together will a normal mix of people theses numbers are a good place to start. Print off this guide and keep it in the front of your recipe binder for an easy reference.
If the food aspect of a party isn’t what stresses you out, but instead it’s the planning that gets you all crazy then keep in mind that organization is the key. Here are some basic party planning tips to keep in mind.