Hosting your first annual Christmas family gathering in your new home? On top of buying and wrapping gifts, you now have to decorate your space and prepare for Noche Buena.
Handling an important family event on your own can feel very intimidating. That’s why we’ve listed down some practical tips to help you pull off this yearly tradition smoothly!
Planning Ahead is Key
It’s always best to prepare and anticipate what you’ll need, especially if you want to avoid the holiday rush. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a traffic jam on the night of your party.
First, set a budget to avoid overspending. Consider your savings and priorities to decide on an amount that works for you. Second, create a list of all the items and ingredients that you’ll need. Keep your budget in mind and schedule your grocery shopping early. Lastly, get started on your cooking preparations ahead of time. Defrost your meats and marinate them in advance to make sure they absorb as much flavor as possible.
Keep Your Menu Simple
Don’t attempt more than what you can handle. An extensive menu means you’ll have less time to prepare your dishes, which might end up compromising their quality. Always remember that a flavorful dinner is better than a bland feast.
Keep things simple and focus on the basics. You can prepare one appetizer, one entrée, one side dish, and one dessert. This way, you can save more money on ingredients and have enough time to cook each meal!
Minimalism is the Way to Go
Christmas ornaments don’t have to be over-the-top. Choose minimalist decor that will not take up space while still giving off holiday vibes such as Cypress trees and pine-scented candles!
Too much decor might overwhelm your guests and make your place feel stuffy. Having just the right amount of festive flair will make your home feel relaxing enough for meals to be enjoyed and conversations to flow.
The More the Merrier
It doesn’t hurt to ask for your family’s help with cooking, cleaning, and other preparations. You can even request for a family member to bring an item that you need! After all, what’s family for? Plus, you’ll get a chance to bond even more!
Absolute Perfection is Not Required
All the planning shouldn’t spoil your holiday fun! Try not to nitpick on every little detail and focus on being present at the moment instead.
At the end of the day, remind yourself that Christmas is about the love and joy of being with family. Things may not go according to plan, but what’s important is the memories you shared with your loved ones.
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