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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
Christmas is a chaotic time of year. There are gifts to buy, trees to decorate and classroom parties to supervise. It's easy to forget the truly important things with all the stress surrounding us. What's really important during the holiday season is celebrating with friends and family. Having our loved ones (and the occasional annoying ones) around us on Christmas is what makes this holiday truly wonderous. Of course, having guests for the holidays can be stressful but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few Christmas party planning tips that will get you in the festive spirit without giving you a nervous breakdown. I'm also sharing an Artichoke & Kale Bruschetta Topper Recipe to help you create your own easy and healthy appetizer recipe. If you want a few more Christmas party planning tips, check out the NABISCO Party Planner website!
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Christmas Party Planning Tips
Set the date and let people know: Christmas is a busy time of year and people have a lot of parties to attend. Don't worry about fancy invitations. Just send an email with a date and time. Otherwise, you may go through a lot of work and have no guests at your party!
Set a budget: Unless you are made of money, you can't buy everything. Decide where you want to spend your money and don't worry about the rest. A few simple holiday decorations, good food and your friends and family are all you really need.
Don't stress out over decorations: Don't buy hundreds of dollars worth of decorations that you may never use again. Keep things simple and inexpensive. Fill a basket with pinecones or have your kids make paper chains of red and green construction paper. A home decorated with children's arts and crafts is a festive and loving one!
Plan some entertainment: This doesn't have to be a live band and actors dressed up as elves. A few simple games, some festive music on the stereo and most people are totally happy.
Make drinks up ahead of time: Don't waste your entire holiday party making cocktails for your guests. Make a large pitcher of a red wine sangria or an easy and delicious Christmas cocktail recipe. Keep the pitcher in the refrigerator and let guests serve themselves.
Fill your guests bellies! My most important Christmas party planning tips involve the food! Keep it simple and do as much as you can before the party. Don't worry about every little thing being from scratch. Your goal is to feed your guests tasty food that looks impressive without spending the entire party in the kitchen. Look for easy and healthy appetizer recipes like the one below for Artichoke & Kale Bruschetta Topper.
This Artichoke & Kale Bruschetta Topper is served over Fire Roasted Tomato & Olive Oil Triscuits. It looks beautiful and is incredibly easy to make. I love how healthy all the ingredients are and it can be made up ahead of time, which makes things easier on the hostess. If you are traveling and would like to BRING an appetizer, just grab a box of Fire Roasted Tomato & Olive Oil Triscuits and a container of shaved Parmesan cheese. Make up the topping and cool, taking it with you in a sealed container. Once you have reached your party, just microwave your topping for a few minutes and assemble. Its incredibly easy!
No matter how simple or extravagant your holidays are going to be, remember that food, family, and friends are all you really need. I hope these Christmas party planning tips help you put together an enjoyable get-together. Don't forget to grab a coupon before picking up those Triscuits at Publix!
Artichoke & Kale Bruschetta Topper Recipe
(recipe reprinted with permission)
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 629Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 4734mgCarbohydrates: 94gSugar: 33gProtein: 23g
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.