The holiday season is approaching. Before you know it, you will be involved in a flurry of activities related to business and your personal life. If you are uncertain about how to manage it all while hosting at home, these tips can help. 

Keep it simple. Keep it at home.

Fatigue is real, especially for professional women. Obligations will run the gamut from your business life to your personal life. Make one decision. Keep it simple. Make a second decision, keep it at home. Need ideas? Here are a few:

  • Host a cocktail party with limited hours (4 pm – 7 pm). Hire a mixologist and caterer to serve hors d’oeuvres and small bites. Keep the invitation list small and create or find a playlist on Spotify that is mellow, jazzy and festive. 
  • Host two or three small gatherings with close friends and chosen family. Cook a meal together or cook for them. This is a great time to taste a new bourbon or a new wine. Keep it casual and connecting. 
  • Host a dessert open house with a four-hour window to entertain. Create a dessert buffet, make a simple champagne punch and its non-alcoholic kin, and buy a few dessert boxes from your local restaurant store to fill with parting gift treats for guests. 
  • Host a Netflix and chill party for a small group of friends. You can serve gourmet popcorn, nuts, crudités, meat and vegan sliders, and buy ginger beer or a prosecco to keep alcohol light. Queue up Christmas movies or those dramas you were going to binge watch alone. Have guests dress comfy and bring a blanket with a pillow. Veg with friends and family.
  • Host a Take-Out Brunch on a Saturday. Order your favorite take-out and include your friends on a group delivery order with DoorDash or GrubHub or Postmates. Eat and share and eat and share. Gab it up, catch up and enjoy the people without all of the fuss of cleaning and cooking. 

Extravagant events can be saved for another time of the year. The holiday season requires a lot out of us anyway, so why not entertain at home? You have no one to impress but yourself, and you also get to keep your wits about you.

This feature was submitted by Anthony Rodell

Anthony Rodell is the co-principal and Chief Architect Officer of Reid Rodell, an event partnership in the greater Washington, D.C. area. For over a decade, Anthony has planned meetings, corporate, gala, and wedding events around the globe. He has planned events on six of the 7 continents. And he does not represent the recommended vendors in this article.