Holly Jolly Christmas Ideas: Low Stress Party Tips

Stress free holiday party ideas.

The holiday season has arrived: Santa Claus, sleigh rides in the snow, cuddling close next to a fire with a cup of hot chocolate and fond memories of Christmas with our families. Our lives have become so busy these days I think many of us have lost the feeling of Christmas. Instead of buying gifts why not make something your loved one might treasure. Volunteer at a shelter to help those less fortunate. They say their is a reason for the season, lets not forget that. Lets try to put aside our family differences and love one another this holiday season.

Here are some ways to create a festive low stress party

Holiday Brunch

  • Provide a holiday spiked punch or mimosas for your guests. Along with a few non-alcoholic drinks such as coffee, fresh juices, or smoothies 
  • Create a menu that might include quiche, or perhaps a strata. Along with that French toast, sausages and some muffins.
  • Don't forget to put out a tray of your home made holiday cookies, and a fruit tray with some indulgent dessert. Who's counting calories its the holidays!


Appetizer party 

  • If you are having a appetizer buffet served as a meal figure about six different appetizers.
  • Mix it up and do a few hot items along with some cold. Plan on providing around eight to nine pieces per person. 
  • Look for some appetizers that can be make ahead of time. A simple a vegetable platter, cubed sausage, cheese and meatballs are easy to make and cut down time spent your kitchen. 
  • Consider making up place cards for each of your food items. People are inclined to eat something when they know what it is.


Cookie Exchange

  • Hosting a cookie exchange lets you sample all kinds of sweet treats. 
  • Ask your guests to provide one big batch of cookies so that everyone can sample. Use the rest to exchange with others.
  • Provide coffee and some cold milk for drinking. Set out gift bags or cookie tins so that your guests can take home their cookies.    
  • Have your guests provide their cookie recipe so you have a new cookie to try next year.


Bring a donation for charity  

  • Remember those of us who are less fortunate then us and ask your guests to bring donations to your party.
  • Have your guests provide canned food or clothing and find a local charity that might be needing some of these items.
  • Set up a table for donations or a covered box for cash and checks.


The holidays can be a stressful time for all of us. These are just a few ways to create a simple Christmas event.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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MFriedrich December 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
One of the things that really stresses me out at Xmas parties is "double-dipping" guests. Does anyone know how to curb this behavior? I mean really, do we have to post little instructional signs by the crab, cheese and avocado dips, or what?
Charles December 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Sleigh rides in the snow? In California? Reads like a stereotypical xmas scene generated from east coast marketing executives. "many of us have lost the feeling of Christmas." And what exactly is the "feeling of Christmas"? Stress, disappointment, missed expectations, tense dynamics with relatives, annoying christmas music, huge credit card debt, dealing with those who insist we put "christ" back in christmas, etc. "Instead of buying gifts why not make something your loved one might treasure" Why not? Because my time is worth more the $0.69/hour. The easiest and simplest way to avoid holiday stress at parties is to avoid financial stress - and the best way to do that is to run the party yourself. No need for expensive party staff (who expect big tips.)
Diana December 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Charles, baaaaaaaa hummmmmmmmm bugggggggg to you....get with the spirit it is the most magical time of the year :)


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