Entertaining is the best and the worst of the holidays. On one hand, the holiday season provides a wealth of excuses to get together with friends and family you just don’t seen often enough throughout the year. It also provides an opportunity to socialize with coworkers outside of your day-to-day roles and let go of some of the stress of the office. Holiday entertaining can also mean a lot of stress thanks to planning parties and managing interpersonal relationships–not to mention a lot of eating and drinking. If you don’t get the balance right you can end up feeling frazzled instead of festive.
So how do you hit that elusive balance? Here are three tips for entertaining during the holiday season that leaves you feeling merry and doesn’t wear you out before the new year arrives.
Think Your Menu Through
You don’t have to serve everybody salad greens and nothing but, yet you should endeavour to build a bit of variety into your menus, in terms of both taste and nutrition. Your guests will appreciate having lighter options, both for the sakes of their calorie intakes and because it’s refreshing to enjoy a lighter bite after a bit of something rich. Cooking Light has great recipes for holiday entertaining that are both calorie-conscious and delicious.
Watch Your Alcohol Intake
If you’re nervous about how a party will go, you may be tempted to drink more than you ought to in an attempt to relax. Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic ones, and try to drink slowly. Make sure you eat enough as well, both before the event and during–nobody does well drinking on an empty stomach.
Cheat Where Necessary
Just because it’s your party, that doesn’t mean you have to make everything from scratch. There’s no shame in making things easier on you by picking up some appetizers at your favourite grocery store, or ordering in. At the end of the day, guests just want to enjoy the food!