Tips for hosting painless holiday parties


Last updated 11/26/2009 at Noon

Even a casual family gathering can be a lot of work. Here are some tips for the minimalist party-thrower to the high-spirited hoedown hostess of one hundred.

These tips can help plan memorable holiday gatherings that will minimize the stress and maximize the fun.

1. Plan early and plan often

It can be frustrating to find out that intended party guests have other plans. December weekends tend to get booked up early, so it’s a good idea to send or e-mail invitations as early as possible.

Another possibility is to schedule a gathering for a time when people tend to be less busy, such as...

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