Holiday Tips for Less Stress, More Fun
Experts share their best advice on how to enjoy a stress-free holiday season.
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Choose one dish you do well.
It's your turn to host the holiday celebration. In years past, you've nearly pulled out every hair follicle trying to put the pieces together—but this year is going to be different.
"Take care of your stress by not putting the pressure on yourself," says Bethany Boles, an event designer in Savannah, Ga.
For dinner, she recommends picking what she calls "the confidence booster"— a dish you cook so well that it's a sure hit with your guests. "If it's something simple your family loves, select it," Boles says.
Base everything else around that one entrée. Get creative with presentation. Take a page from trendy restaurants by serving sushi in a martini glass or dessert in wine goblets.
Think ahead. What can you prepare the day before? "Roasted vegetables work for any holiday and you can make them the day before." Refrigerate the vegetables overnight and warm them for five minutes the day of your dinner, she says.
Plan your beverages in the same manner. Try to please everyone, and you may end up with three different cases of beer the next day. Instead, select one alcoholic beverage – maybe a holiday concoction – and a wine with a water option, Boles says.
With dinner décor, Boles advises to go for simple elegance.
"Using a stemmed glass creates a stunning table, without forcing you to have an elaborate first course to get the wow effect as guests are seated." Remember the emotional spirit of your affair. "If your heart is in it, it will be the best experience you and your guests have."
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