Planning a Holiday Meal

As the holiday season nears, it’s time for many people to start planning their holiday meals. Whether you’re hosting extended family members or doing something simple at home with your immediate family, planning for holiday mealtime can be rather stressful.

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Get Out The Calendar

Take a look at your calendar to see when you’re free to plan a holiday meal. Once you have a few dates and times ready, discuss these options with everyone you’d like to invite. Confirm the best date and time for your holiday meal.

Make a Meal Plan

You’ll want to think about the main course, the side dishes, the appetizers, and so on before you dive too deep into holiday planning. Consider recipes that you can make ahead to save time in prep and consider any food allergies that the family members may have.

Make a Shopping List

Take a look around the pantry, kitchen, freezer, and cupboards to see what you have in stock. You may find that you have most of the ingredients so that you can save cash on your holiday meal shopping trip. Don’t forget to make plans to cook recipes that allow you to use your home supplies to save cash, too!

Keep it Simple

Your family isn’t expecting some gigantic party equipped with tons of food and drinks. Even if you’ve done some extravagant party in the past, this is the year you can certainly feel better about going lighter on the meal planning. Don’t make the holiday planning harder than it needs to be!

Consider Decor

There are many homemade holiday decor options on Pinterest and other websites you can easily use to save cash. Have your family work together to create a table centerpiece and other home decor options for your holiday party.

Plan Table Seating

Don’t forget about the seating arrangements for your guests! This may be a vital part of the holiday planning to ensure everyone gets along. Holidays can be stressful when extended family members arrive, so be sure to spread people out and plan your table seating arrangements beforehand.

These are just some of my simple holiday planning tips to help you enjoy the holidays rather than stress out! I’m an avid promoter of being joyous and friendly to your family during the holidays, so if any of these tips help someone out there, then my mission is complete.

Holiday Planning FAQ

How do you eat well during the holidays?

If you’re looking to eat well during the holidays then plan your holiday meal around your current dietary restrictions. Learn to eat smaller portions and try to fill up a bit before the main course to reduce the risk of you overeating during the holidays.

How should I organize my Christmas dinner?

Keep your Christmas dinner plans short and sweet! Make your guest list and any other options ahead of time so that you’re well-prepared to keep the holiday dinner organized without stress.

How can I host a great Christmas party?

You can hire a private chef, or plan something low key with beautiful decor for your great Christmas party. You may even want to plan a Secret Santa gift exchange or something similar to help encourage guests to engage with each other.


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  1. I love planning table seating! Its such a weird thing to love but I love planning who will sit by who and making the cards etc. Loving your tips!

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