This post was sponsored by Baskin-Robbins as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
This time of year is busy with worries about shopping, wrapping, and entertaining. And don’t we prefer it to be busy with memories, laughter, and joy! I find the most joy in being with those I love and seeing the ones I love happy, how about you?
But let’s be honest – the amount of work and preparation that goes into hosting a holiday celebration can sometimes feel overwhelming. And when you add kids to the mix, it might make it that much harder as “Santa’s Little Helpers” seem to do the opposite of help. I’ve realized when I keep holiday entertaining simple, I have more time to enjoy conversation and more time to watch the little ones giggle and play.
Here are 7 tips to simplify hosting holiday parties with kids in order to keep the stress low and joy high this holiday season.
Don’t focus on perfection. Write a list that is feasible and prioritize with items at the top that absolutely need to be done and then check off what you’ve completed as you go down your list.
If someone offers to bring a dish or dessert, accept their offer! Most often the person feels honored to contribute and it helps you as the host. If someone offers to set the table or watch the kids while you are busy, accept their offer! Remember reducing your stress enlightens the mood and everyone has a more jolly time.
Be Mindful of Time
One of the most stressful things about hosting is running out of time. Try making a schedule and do what you can ahead of time. Decorate the week before, get groceries a few days before, and set up everything you can the night before. That way the day of the party, you can enjoy the festivities.
Keep Decor Simple
Don’t feel obligated to over do it. Pick a few choice colors and add a few details to make for a festive party. Flickering candlelight is always a simple touch but with children at a party, consider using battery-powered candles for a warm glow without the worries.
Make holiday punch bowls – one for the kids and one for the adults. It can be a festive drink which also adds to the ambiance of the gathering. Also, have a few pitchers with water and glasses so guests can help themselves while you may be busy with something else.
Simplify the Meal
Rethink having a multi-course meal. Consider cocktail foods and desserts for a great party without a lot of fuss. Order food from a caterer and buy prepared desserts from Baskin-Robbins. Place them on a festive table for a simplified holiday gathering.
I picked up the Baskin-Robbins Ganache Poinsettia Cake for a recent holiday party and it’s was the perfect dessert centerpiece! This 9″ round ice cream cake with the simple delicate poinsettia topped with the Winter OREO® Cookies is delicious and a crowd pleaser for sure!
Have a kids’ dessert which will, of course, be an absolute treat for the children at your holiday party.
At a recent celebration with my two boys and my three nephews, we ordered the Baskin-Robbins Peppermint & Winter OREO®Cookies Polar Pizza. This dessert features a double fudge brownie crust with peppermint ice cream, topped with Winter OREO® Cookie Pieces and drizzled with marshmallow and fudge topping. This dessert received a stamp of approval from all five boys!
Simplify Hosting Holiday Parties with KIDS
The Baskin-Robbins’ Ganache Poinsettia Cake and Peppermint & Winter OREO® Cookies Polar Pizza are available for pre-order both in-store and online at www.baskinrobbins.com/onlineordering.
You might also want to try the December ice cream flavor of the month, Peppermint Bark in the Dark. The delicious combination of crunchy peppermint bark and a creamy chocolate ice cream is a pretty irresistible combo.
Who knew holiday entertaining could actually be fun?