If you’ve found yourself in charge of hosting this year’s Christmas gathering, D.R. Horton is here to help! Hosting your friends or family doesn’t have to be stressful with these helpful tips.
Divide and Conquer
After you extend the invitations and take a headcount, start creating your food and drink menu. Ask your guests to bring a side dish, dessert or beverage. Not sure how best to divide up the menu? Ask guests to make their signature dish so they aren’t stressing over trying a new recipe.
Tip: If hosting a large gathering, you might want to assign a guest to bring additional serving ware. This includes paper products or even folding chairs and tables in lieu of food or beverages.
Shop and Prepare in Advance
This might be a no-brainer but get your grocery shopping out of the way a few days in advance. Save the day before your gathering for only last minute emergency grocery store runs. Not only will you avoid crowds, you can also begin your non-perishable food prep and table setting.
Pull out your serving dishes, silverware, plates and drink ware and ensure everything is clean and ready to be used. Whether your meal is seated or buffet-style, by taking a count of all of your serving ware a day or two in advance, you’ll be able to replace anything that’s been lost or broken like that missing napkin or chipped glassware.
Tip: After the meal is served, you will need something for all of those leftovers. Have your food storage containers cleaned and ready to go, or better yet, buy take-out containers and send your guests home with leftovers.
Create a Schedule
Unsure how early you need to start chilling the beverages and icing the desserts? This handy Party Planning Timeline from REAL SIMPLE will walk you through all of the day-of items to help you avoid going from cheerful host to stressed out Grinch before your guests arrive.
Tip: Leave at least an hour in the schedule before your guests arrive to allow yourself an opportunity to freshen up, light some candles and turn on music. Set out appetizers and stock a drink bar for your guests to help themselves so you can enjoy time with your friends and family instead of playing server.
If after your holiday gathering you find yourself wishing for a home with more room for overnight guests and entertaining space – don’t hesitate to reach out. D.R. Horton can help you find a home that’s big enough for the whole family to enjoy.