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Even if you’re a seasoned hostess, throwing a party can be stressful. These five tips will improve and inspire your holiday party planning process.

Stress Free Holiday Party Planning

The holiday season is right around the corner. That means, time for family gatherings, holiday parties, and get-togethers with friends. That might also mean running around last minute: scrambling to clean the house, shop, cook, and someone throw together some cute holiday decorations.

Luckily, we can learn from our mistakes of holiday’s past with a few tips and tricks that can help make holiday party planning a breeze.

Just keep reading below to learn the five simple tips you can use to help you survive your own party planning this season.

1. Planning is Key


In order for holiday party planning to be a success, you actually have to plan. And by plan, we mean plan to do as much work ahead of time as possible. Prep as much as you can ahead of time. Do the grocery shopping earlier in the week and space out cooking prep work as much as you can so you aren’t scrambling last minute to make every dish. I usually like to bake things like cookies and desserts the day before.

Prep as much as you can ahead of time. Do the grocery shopping earlier in the week, and space out cooking prep work so you aren’t scrambling last minute to make every dish.  Carve out time to prep food items in the days leading up to the party.  Bake things like cookies and desserts the day before so they are fresh. Writing lists and keeping a party calendar will help keep everything organized and make sure you stay on task.

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2. Space Out Your Cleaning Schedule

How to Perfect Holiday Party Planning

This trick works wonders. Schedule a day in the week leading up to my party to clean one room per day. Cleaning less at a time makes that clean house much more attainable and less overwhelming. Save the kitchen and bathroom last because those get the messiest the quickest.

Then the day of the party, just tidy up. No one wants to be deep cleaning their house right before guests arrive. Also, it’s unnecessary to clean your floors before a party. So there you go, one less thing to do if you don’t have the time!

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3. Stage House for Easy Entertaining

Pre-plan where you are going to put extra items to facilitate entertaining. Keep all extra napkins, plates, cups, etc. near the food station so it’s easy for guests to grab and replenish. Same goes with extra trash bags and toiletries. Be sure to stock up your bathroom with extra toilet paper and hand towels. Keep everything in plain sight. Your guests will thank you and won’t be asking you where to find everything.

4. Don’t Be Scared to Delegate


If a guest calls and asks you what to bring, tell them. Create a collaborative Google spreadsheet or Facebook event to help coordinate party duties. If you could use another appetizer, dessert or side dish, let them know that would be helpful.

You don’t need to specify exactly what to make, but they will love that you are being a little more specific besides saying “whatever you want!” or “nothing at all!” Most guests don’t want to show up empty-handed, and there’s one less dish you need to cook.

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5. Have Fun!


Don’t sweat the small stuff. Parties were meant to be enjoyed, hosts included. Your guests will remember enjoying spending time with you more than they would ever remember the dishes in the sink. The more you prep ahead of time, the more you can enjoy yourself and spending time with your friends and family. And really, that’s what this season is all about!

We hope these simple tips will help make hosting your next party a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Our homes were meant to be enjoyed and shared with our loved ones. Do you have any tips you like to use when preparing for guests in your homes? We’d love to hear them.

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Layla Gunning

Hi! I'm Layla, a new homeowner living in the south shore of Boston with my husband and 2 pups. I'm obsessed with affordable interior styling, mixing old and new and all things home. I blog over at sharing how we're making our little 1900s New England bungalow our dream home on a DIY project, thrifted find and decor deal at a time!

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