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Monday, December 7, 2009

Want a 'Stress Free' Holiday Season??

So what kind of parties will you be planning this holiday season? Organising the family Christmas celebrations... In charge of the Company Christmas Party or planning a friendly gathering for New Years Eve?

If so here are a few tips to remain 'Stress Free' and have the time to enjoy the festivities you are so busy organising! I hate to say it, but the number one thing is 'Preparation and Planning':

Prepare NOW! Don't leave it to the last minute.. take some time out now to think about your event and make sure that you schedule it into your time so you are not rushing around at the last minute - my advice be planned and ready the week before!

Plan a meal that you can prepare and cook in advance, so that you can spend time with your guests instead of in the Kitchen! Even Turkey can be cooked, sliced and frozen in individual portions and then re-heated (after defrosting) on Christmas morning.... just spread out the individual portions on a baking rack with hot water and a dash of oil underneath and slowly steam it through - you'll be amazed at how moist it will be! My new discovery this year was the Crock Pot Slow Cooker... look to see what delicious meals can be made with very little effort!

Make simple table decorations and get the children to help.... how about stenciling the names of your guests onto a 'Pear' to create a festive name card, cluster them with a few scented cones and a small candle and voila a beautiful place setting is made. I like to decorate my table with Christmas ornaments, it's very simple and there are some stunning ones out there, plus you get to change your theme / colour every year - why just hide them on the tree.. use that glitz on your table!

Take time to charge your batteries, if you are lucky like me this weekend, have your other half take you a way for a relaxing weekend! Imagine, no TV, no Children... just Hot Tubbing, Fireplaces and long walks. We even had our own resident 'Partridge' that became very attached to us, and 'no' it will not be on our dinner table on Christmas morning!

So lastly if you have done all this hard work, get your significant other to do the clearing up while you put your feet up with a nice big glass of wine!