Let's be honest, this is why we LOVE holiday parties. We want to pull out all stops at this special time of year to make our most favorite dishes and try to recreate the latest Martha Stewart Magazine cover. However, be sure to take a moment to get real about your time and your party needs:
- How many people will I feed?
- How much will everyone realistically eat?
- Will it be physically possible to create the perfect feast without a time machine?
Don't go overboard on the quantities and don't pick the most difficult recipes—no matter how delectable they may look. Keep things simple so you aren't feeling frantic during party prep and the party itself. You should be able to mingle with your guests and enjoy the party, too. You don't want to be drinking alone in the kitchen as you wait for your pastries to puff.
These five simple rules will ensure that your holiday parties go off without a hitch and keep your guests impressed. For other great ideas and to get started on your party planning, check out my holiday planning template on Springpad
. And remember, we're all in this together! Be sure to share these tried and true entertaining tips with friends.