This holiday season get better at delegating, so you can enjoy time spent with friends and family. Trust that family members can take on tasks you normally do.
Teenage drivers can grocery shop. Create a list of the items you need and explain specifics they may need to know to navigate the grocery aisles.
Young children can help set the table. Create one place setting and let them follow your example. They also love to design place cards for all the guests.
Spouses can help at crunch time when the food is ready for the buffet. Earlier in the day, show them which dishes go into each serving dish and where it goes on the buffet.
Have guests prepare some of the dishes, so you’re not left doing all the work. Provide recipes for those cooks who may not be as experienced as you.
Giving everyone a task beforehand alleviates some of your stress and teaches others skills they will need someday. It gives everyone a chance to participate and appreciate what is involved when entertaining.
Remember, even if they don’t do things exactly the way you would have, things will work out fine and you will get to be a guest at your own table.