Fall is a wonderful season for gathering with friends and family. Just don’t let the “get-togethers” leave you falling apart! What can you do to make your events stress-free and fun? Whether your parties are for three or thirty, the three top tips to follow are:
- Relax. Forget perfection in your planning and execution. Unless you’re preparing a meal for the food critic at a fine dining magazine, your focus should probably not be totally on the meal but also on the purpose: having fun together. Large gatherings do require a lot of details, but if you encounter a bump in the road, just recognize it’ll make a great story for the next party.
- Delegate. You don’t have to do it all. You’ll save on your budget and reduce your own stress when you say “yes” to offers of help. Practice like so: “Would you like for me to bring ice?” Yes. “Can I bring a dessert?” Sure. “How about I bring an appetizer?” Super. See how easy that is?
- Enjoy. Do the main work in advance, and don’t plan a menu that keeps you in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying themselves. Remember: It’s your party. Make sure you take part!