Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

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The holidays are a  time for togetherness and celebration, but they can also be extremely stressful. From planning to shopping, hosting and decorating; the stress of the holidays can take the joy out of the most wonderful time of the year! Here are some ways to keep your cool during this busy season.

Black Wrapped Presents

Keep It Simple – When it comes to gift wrapping or decorating, you can use shortcuts without sacrificing style. Wrap all of your gifts with one type of wrapping paper, and then customize each with different trim.

Gingerbread from Honestly YumFocus on One Thing – Whether it’s wrapping the presents beautifully or making a gingerbread house even a seasoned architect would be envious of, focus on doing one or two things really well. If you put too much pressure on yourself to make everything perfect, you’re bound to crack.

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Accumulate Over Time – There’s no reason to buy or make all of your decorations at once. If you choose a decorating style that’s timeless you can continue reusing the same pieces year after year! Don’t hop on the color trend bandwagon every year. You can also reuse gift bags, and gift wrap. You’ll save yourself both time and money.

Vintage Star DecorationsEnjoy Yourself – When it comes to the holidays, sometimes we become so wrapped up in getting ready for the season that we forget to enjoy it while it’s here. Try to take a breather every once in a while, and take part in the holiday fun!

How do you stay sane every holiday season? Let us know below!

Be the Host with the Most

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The late fall and early winter are THE times to have the most amazing parties because there are so many great holidays to celebrate with friends and family on the horizon. If you’re thinking of planning a party or hosting a small get together, we have a few tips to make your event go off without a hitch (or as few hitches as possible).

Pink Party Table with Peonies from Daily Crush

Thanksgiving Buffet Table from the Blue Bird Patch

Act Early

The earlier you start planning and doing, the better. Don’t leave things to the last minute, especially when it comes to the menu! This isn’t the time for creativity, make something you’ve already mastered or at least attempted with a high rate of success in the past few weeks.

Banana Pop Station from Bakers Royale

Gold Dipped Pumpkin from Cupcakes and Cashmere

It’s All About the Details

Little details are what people really remember from a party. Whether you decide to dip your pumpkin place cards in gold or wrap your napkins in lace trim, adding unique touches to your gathering really stays with the guests.

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Theme

It’s a scientific fact that people love theme parties. Not only do they make the party more fun for the party-goers, it also narrows down the decor and dining options for the host. In all cases (except for trimming) too much variety can be overwhelming. We really like the medieval theme for this holiday season!

Confetti Dip Balloons from Studio DIYParty Confetti

Enjoy Yourself

If you’re the host, you’re probably going to feel like you have to be taking care of your guests all of the time. Remember that these are your friends and family, and this is a party. You’re meant to enjoy it!

Do you have any party planning tips for our readers? Let us know below, and for more party planning inspiration click here!