We all know what the holidays are supposed to be about. That being said, there’s no arguing that the most wonderful time of the year can sometimes feel a bit…chaotic. That’s why we’re sharing a few of our best tips today on having a fun, stress-free holiday celebration — particularly if you’re the one hosting.

Cook Ahead

Want to make your life a whole lot easier during the holidays? Cook whatever you’re able to ahead of time. Not only will this lead to less stress on the day of, but it’ll also allow you to spend more time with your loved ones and less time in the kitchen.

Prepare Your Guest Room

Even if you’re not planning on hosting any guests overnight, it doesn’t hurt to freshen up your guest room. You never know who may end needing a place to bunk, and it’s always nice to offer up a bed to any friends and family from out of town.

Stock the Bathrooms

No matter who you’re hosting for the holidays, no one wants to be the guest who has to ask the host for more toilet paper. Keep your bathrooms stocked with plenty of tissues, toiletries, and a plunger, so you’re equipped to handle whatever situations may arise.

Be Sensitive to Food Allergies

Wherever there’s food, there also needs to be precautions taken for anyone with food allergies. Make sure to be sensitive to the needs of any guests who may have dietary restrictions or life-threatening allergies, so you can avoid any accidents before they happen.

Cross contamination can be a very real concern so, if this something that pertains to one of your guests, make sure you check out our complete post on cooking with food allergies.

Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to look for help in hosting the holidays. There’s no shame in asking guests to bring a dish to pass, or letting them know what else you may need. You don’t have to do everything by yourself!

Enjoy Yourself

Last but not least, relax. There’s bound to be little blips here and there when you’re planning a large celebration, but nothing should get in the way of having a good time and enjoying your company. Most of the things that feel like a catastrophe to the host go completely unnoticed by guests anyways!

Do you have any tips for hosting the holidays? What’s your favorite holiday memory?