Planning for a Holiday dinner party can be stressful and overwhelming, but it shouldn’t have to be. Entertaining should be fun and an excuse to get the ones you love together for good food, drinks and creating great memories.
Whether you are planning in intimate gathering for a few of your closest family and friends or you’ve decided to be the Queen of all Hostesses and throw your biggest holiday party ever; your first step should always be to sit down and plan out your event.
Since the Holiday Season is already a busy time of year, I created my Ultimate Hostess Planning Guide, to help you get started. In this guide, I’ve included four different lists that you will need for your holiday party. Start with these lists and refer back to them throughout your planning process right until the day of your party, and I promise you they will be your go to for any party!
The first list is called party details. On this sheet you can write out your basic info: Date, time, guest list, decor, diy projects, favors, etc. Get specific and write out your ideas so that you don’t forget them later on.
The second list is the timeline checklist. This will give you a breakdown of what you need to do and when it needs to be done. For my own events, I even go as far as to breakdown the final day into hour increments to make sure I leave enough time for everything that needs to be done, including getting ready! Always give yourself enough time to get ready and look your best at your own party!
The third list is the menu. Plan out the meals you will be making in advance so that you can create your shopping list (the forth list provided). Some guests may offer to bring a dish, so write that down as well so you provide a variety of dishes. In my guide you will also find suggested portions for each dish.
Finally, the shopping list is divided into categories you will find at your grocery store. Always go shopping with a list to stay on track with budget and so that no ingredient is missed.
As an additional useful resource, I found this handy conversion site by Butterball giving you recommendations on the size of turkey you will need as well as the thawing and cooking time for your turkey.
I hope you find this list useful and use it for your Holiday party this year. To download the template for the hostess planning guide click HERE.
I wish you all the best this Holiday Season and may all your parties be joyous!