We bring you valuable advice on how to host your guests for . Impress not only with food, but with your overall presentation. We bring you some tips for hosts that will make your reception memorable and stress-free.
1. Prepare your banquet in advance
The most important thing anyone can do to cope with the constant comings and goings of Christmas guests is to prepare as many dishes as possible in advance. Prepare the soup, the sweets and the different elements of the main course. You will see how much time and trouble the preparation will save you.
2. Don't be afraid to ask for help
We believe you're a capable homemaker, but you're definitely not superman. Everyone needs help sometimes, so don't be afraid to ask for it. Ask a family member or friend for help vacuuming or setting the table. If you're throwing a big feast, ask someone to greet arriving guests, pour them drinks, or hang up their coats so you can just focus on the food in the kitchen.
3. Create a schedule
If you're hosting the whole family, friends, or throwing a cocktail party for 50 people, plan the entire flow of the event a few days in advance. It will save you a lot of hassle. The plan should include everything from when to put the roast in the oven to lighting the candles.
4. Tasteful place settings
It's the holidays - now is a good time to pull out the silverware and decorative cloth napkins from the drawer. If you don't have enough of everything, rent placemats from a nearby rental shop (it's cheaper than you think) or check your inventory and go for an eclectic look.
5. Breathe deeply
Although the Christmas holidays should be the most wonderful time of the year, sometimes they are very stressful. Be sure to include time for yourself in your preparations, for example, take a moment with a glass od wine in hand on the sofa with your favourite story. Try to simply relax in the way that suits you best. If something goes wrong, definitely don't stress about it because none of your guests will miss it. Don't lose your perspective and joy, because if you are relaxed, your guests will be relaxed too.