You CAN have a holiday party that you actually enjoy YOURSELF! No way, you’re thinking, but I’m here to tell you it CAN be done! And it’s really easy, if you’ll just learn to say ‘YES!’ Decide when you’d like to gather and with whom. Want to have a theme? Cookie decorating? Wine and cheese? Champage and chocolate? YOU decide. Then pick up the phone and call your friends. Impromptu gathering, you’ll explain.
And after they say YES!, the next words out of their mouths will be ‘what can I bring?’ Now for many of us, this is the hard part. You say ‘thanks! I’d love it if you’d bring (insert dish/item/beverage here) ______________.’ It’s that simple!
Stop trying to do everything yourself. That way lies insanity, I’m convinced. Whether it’s a gathering of girlfriends or the annual family Christmas feast.. when people offer to help… LET THEM! And tell them how much you appreciate it!
Let me know how it goes.
Oh, and when someone invites YOU, be sure you ask the ‘what can I bring?’ question. It will help if we all re-train each other! 🙂