How to Throw a Stress-Free Holiday Party

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Let’s be real… while there are so many reasons to love the holidays, they can be super stressful. Between buying and wrapping gifts, cooking, getting the house ready and all of the gatherings, it’s just go-go-go until the end of the year. So I’ve found a few ways to lessen the stress for you and your family this holiday season.

This post is sponsored by Milo’s Tea Company.

Have Guests Bring a Dish

man carrying a bake dish with aluminum foil

I’m known to be the girl that wants to cook a feast. I take on way more than I can handle and it totally stresses me out, every single time. So this year, we are asking each guest to bring a dish with them. This will cut down on the amount of cooking I personally have to do and will give us more of a variety for all of our friends and family!

Have Your Kids Create Decor

jar dressed up like a snowman

christmas stocking used to hold utensils

christmas wish tree table decor

checkered plaid napkins with holly napkin rings

I don’t know about your kids, but mine love arts and crafts (or craps, as Falynn calls them). So this year, instead of investing in expensive decor, I took the girls to our local craft store and had them make all of the decor for the table! I love how they all came out and the best part is, they created two different pieces that our guests can take home with them, a snowman jar filled with yogurt covered pretzels and a reindeer jar filled with hot cocoa mix. They also created a wish tree, where our guests can write what they wish for, for the new year, on the construction paper ornaments we created and then hang it up on the tree. There are so many options and it keeps the kids busy while you get the house ready!

Serve Milo’s Tea

cups filled with milo's sweet tea

pouring milo's sweet tea into a cup

It’s important to serve the perfect beverage. For our family, that’s Milo’s Tea, the beverage of choice for holiday gatherings with family and friends. Why Milo’s? Milo’s is an award-winning tea. It’s the ideal beverage for the holidays, creating shared Milo’s Moments among family and friends. Milo’s beverages are all natural and contain no preservatives or added acids, are fresh brewed from real tea leaves, and have a clean ingredient list. Milo’s is available in sweetened with pure cane sugar, no calorie sweetened with sucralosee, or unsweet, something for everyone. You can find Milo’s in the refrigerated juice section of your local supermarket. You can use their store locator to find a retailer near you.

Prepare a Holiday Playlist

We are a family that loves our music, so during the holidays, we have a playlist ready to go. This way, we don’t have to stop to search for songs. We can spend more time enjoying our friends and family, with some fun holiday tunes they can enjoy, in the background.

Don’t Forget to Make Memories

christmas table and cupcake rack

christmas table and cupcake rack

In this technology and social media driven age, we can’t forget to have fun and create memories. Holiday gatherings have become a lot of people, who haven’t seen in each other in a while, together in a room either looking at their phones or sharing things they found online. Put the phones away. Don’t forget to catch up with loved ones, make memories that will last until the next time you see them. We have decided this year, we will put a basket by the front door so that everyone can drop their devices inside as they come in. Hopefully that will give us all the opportunity to really enjoy one another, without the screens.

What do you do to lessen the stress during the holidays?

While there are so many reasons to love the holidays, they can be super stressful. I've found five ways to lessen the stress for you, including why we serve Milo’s Tea. #MilosMoments #ad

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  1. I’m absolutely in love with those gorgeous jars! absolutely lovely idea! I’m pinning it for later:)

  2. Having guests bring their own dish is a great idea because you won’t have to cook as much. Plus it makes everyone feel included in the food creation process. I am going to have to try this myself.

  3. Holidays are fun time and the best way to celebrate is to be happy. Lovely ideas. Great for year end.

  4. Such wonderful ideas for Holiday gatherings. They’ll be happening so soon! I’m grateful for your advice!

  5. Thank you for the great tips. The holidays with my family are stressful. Well, any time with my family is stressful. I have to implement these ideas.

  6. Milo’s Tea sounds intriguing! We don’t have anything like that here in the UK – great party ideas too!

  7. This is such a lovely post and one I for sure needed to read! I am throwing my first Xmas eve party this year and it was beginning to freak me out a little! But this post helped, so thank you!

  8. I love these ideas!!! I always have my daughter help me with decor too!! I love the mini stocking idea!! So Cute

  9. Holiday parties can be so much fun, but they can also be a lot of stress too! Great tips in this post on how to make it the best ever.

  10. Some great ideas to throw a holiday party! I love the idea of everyone bringing a dish so you aren’t overwhelmed on the day

  11. These are great ideas! I absolutely adore having holiday parties with my friends but they can be overwhelming! I think having them bring a dish will be a HUGE help for sure.

  12. As much as I love the holidays, specially Christmas season, sometimes I also feel dreadful because I know preparations could be a handful. But these tips are very helpful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. I agree with all these tips. Plus, having your kids prepare the decor is really a cool idea! Plus telling the guests to bring the dishes will really save a lot of hassles… Thank you for sharing!

  14. Thank you for posting this, i am going to need all the tips i can get for my big family holiday party this year!

  15. I have always liked potluck parties because I can get everyone involved and we can have a feast. It is also a great idea to get the kids involved, not only in decorating but helping out in the kitchen as well.

  16. This is my favorite thing on the internet today! Thanks for sharing such easy tips. I showed these little snowman jars and they want to make them as teacher gifts, too! Sweet tea is delicious.

  17. I love all the ideas from this list. My favorite tip is to make the memories can’t forget that while trying to host and decorate.

  18. These are amazing and sure to be effective tips. Asking guests to bring something is a cool idea. No pain on my next party!

  19. Organising parties during the holidays can be so stressful so these tips on getting the kids involved will be welcomed especially since they want to be involved. Will also check out Milo’s Tea

  20. I love how you have used less to create the look of more in decorating the little tree, around the napkins and jars looks really awesome never heard of milo tea it seems great option and time saver

  21. Great ideas for a stress free holiday party! My problem is I always want to do everything myself. haha I need to learn to let others pitch in and help. Or at the very least use paper plates! lol

  22. Milos makes a great tea. The older I get, the less I stress for party planning. I do remember it making me a mess in my youth…you just want everything to be just right.

  23. I think having some things premade and cute will go along way to making the party easy and relaxing. It isn’t fun when you are stressed the entire time.

  24. Treats and drinks — two things that make your party. Thanks for this tip and ideas for the holiday season.

  25. These are definitely a great tips. Having guests bringing their dish will definitely have you to throw a stress free party.

  26. Sounds like a low stress holiday season to us! Some cute decor ideas there! And having guests bring food is ALWAYS a great idea!

  27. Now those are some really awesome ideas! I have always hated getting stressed out during this time of year.

  28. a stress free party? i love this idea. can you come help me please?!? lol sounds like a great time

  29. These are some really cool and simple ideas! Avoiding stress during the holidays is no easy task!

  30. I am all about making memories and enjoying good company! I love iced tea too and need to try this brand out!

  31. great list! i always love to create a playlist for dinner parties and the holidays. i had never heard of milo’s but my family loves tea so thank you.

  32. Something I do to lessen my stress during the holidays is to remind myself that I’m not obligated or expected to give “the best gift ever” to my loved ones. My love language is gift giving/receiving, so when Christmas rolls around, I try to shower people with love via gifts, since that’s my natural way to do so. It has historically led me down some deep rabbit holes in the past, because I obsess over finding the perfect gifts that outdo any gifts I’ve ever given these people before… and that’s just not expected by any of them. They know I love them without the “perfect gift”, so I try to remind myself of that!

  33. I’m suddenly craving tea! LOL The best wedding I ever went to everyone brought a dish. It was so communal. I think pot lucks are the most fun, and so much less stress for the party host!

  34. Holidays can really so stressful and having kids decorate really makes it more fun, too! I also have a love for sweet tea and most of them use so many unnatural preservatives and sweeteners so I need to try Milo’s.

  35. I love the idea of guests bringing a dish each. Really makes the role as host/hostess a little easier and every bit counts!

  36. Great tips. I’m not big on throwing holiday parties because they are so much work but this post has me rethinking it 🙂

  37. I love that my guest bring dishes! We get to chip in and also have fun! We get to share recipes too! So cool right?

  38. Oh these are such good ideas. I’m super excited for the holidays and I’d love to put together a nice little party.

  39. I love it! Potlucks save a ton of work, and so does keeping the drinks easy. After all, everyone loves sweet tea!

  40. Awesome ideas for minimal stress, my kids absolutely love to help with decorating! My favorite tip though is making memories and getting rid of the electronic devices!

  41. No Rush. We prepare ahead so that we will just be preparing some little things.. A little touch.. It makes you calm too.. 😊
    We should enjoy Holidays.. Relax and just Chill.

  42. I love the idea of kids creating the holiday decor! Can just tell you that Milo’s is my favorite tea?? I’m drinking it right now!!

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