6 Must-Do Tasks for Surviving Holiday Party Season
We love getting the most out of this celebratory time of year, but phew! All that holiday cheer can take a lot out of you. Factor in just a little more pre-planning (it will pay off, we promise) and self-care; you’ll enjoy the season even more.
A small handmade gift is always thoughtful — and often cost-effective, since you can make a bunch of gifts at once with just a few materials. Whip up a batch of kumquat limoncello, cranberry vinegar or Ina Garten’s white chocolate lollipops and you’ll never have to worry about showing up to a fete empty-handed.
If parties tend to leave you totally spent, a few guidelines can make the after-effects more manageable. For instance: After every cocktail, you must reach for a glass of water. Go to bed a little earlier on off-nights (a nice indulgence, really). And no uncomfortable shoes, no matter how sparkly they are. You’ll thank us later.
One cannot survive December on cheeseboards alone. To avoid reaching into a fridge full of party leftovers (" Take the deviled eggs! Really, take them!") on a Tuesday morning, stock up on more healthful options you can easily grab. Giada De Laurentiis’ Goji Berry Trail Mix is sweet and savory, and just handful will give you a boost of energy.
Memorize our creamy base recipe, and you’ll be able to make a delicious dip out of almost whatever is in your pantry. Then, the next time a host asks you to bring a dish, raise your hand for a dip platter that you can literally put together in minutes.
We’re all overscheduled during this bustling season, but scheduling some time for yourself can be a happy respite in the middle of the month. Mark it on your calendar so you have to keep the “appointment,” and use the time to decompress — go for a walk (not through a mall), read a book or catch up on your DVR.
The holidays leave less time for everyday cooking, so when you do have time to make a home-cooked meal, make it count. Our double recipes for meatballs, soups and more use your kitchen time wisely — and they reheat beautifully.