There's nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to decorate the home, buy the gifts, and plan the menu for what is the biggest event in many households. So, we prepared a checklist to ensure you don't forget anything, from the shopping to decorating your home. We even have some incredible crafts and decoration projects that you can do with your children, to make the holidays special and unforgettable.
Being the official host can be stressful, unless you are prepared, so being organized is key to being successful. Plan the meal to satisfy everyone on your guest list, but don't let all the burden be on you. Ask guests to bring a dish or two, which will allow you to focus on the main course, as well as all the other responsibilities, including your DIY projects to make your home as festive as can be.
Be a smart shopper and start shopping in advance, as this will help you save money. Moreover, it will ensure you find everything you need, which can be a problem if left to the last minute. Make a shopping list according to your needs, and buy everything you can even weeks in advance. Don't forget to check your pantry prior to stepping out; you just might have a rich inventory of goods to use for your special dinner.
It's really important to have a final guest list so that you can calculate the amount of food to cook. For instance, if you are serving turkey, a good rule of thumb is one pound per person, so a 20-pound turkey would easily serve 20 guests.
Some decoration projects to consider include great props, like making wreath place cards, or fill a glass vase with pine cones and set it on the dinner table as a centerpiece. Beautiful DIY home decoration means tastefully addressing the different areas subtly. Try decorated garlands on the railing and fireplace mantle. Don't forget the chairs, which could stand out by having big bows of fabric tied around their backs!
Get the kids to make custom place mats with ink stamps. They'll love getting involved, and they'll be proud of their accomplishments. They can also help you make a gorgeous Christmas runner for the table. Festive fabric, batting, jingle bells, and other goodies will make certainly be an eye-catching accessory that will be the talk of the event.