Holiday Party Bar: The Ultimate Stress-Free Way to Entertain
It’s the holidays! I’m excited to gather with family and friends. For me, that means it’s the perfect time to host a holiday party bar! But, I don’t want to be tied to my kitchen all month long. And I certainly don’t want to be a grouchy grinch when my guests arrive because I’ve spent two days in the kitchen cooking. A party bar means I’ll be able to host a casual but beautiful evening, and enjoy visiting with my family during the event. Best of all, clean up will be a breeze.
Hosting any event should be fun for the hostess. I’ve found planning my events as party bars means my event is stress-free, beautiful, and fun. In fact, the hardest part of planning a party bar for me is selecting which printables to use for my party bar. I love them all!
I follow the same 5 steps whenever I host a holiday party bar. I work well when I follow some sort of structure. These simple steps work for any party bar regardless of the time of year you host it!
Host a Holiday Party Bar in 5 Easy Steps
Decide on a Date
Decide on a Party Bar
Set up any Errands, Cleaning, or Organizing Tasks in Any.do
Create a Shopping List
Don’t forget, guests can bring toppings or mix-ins for your holiday party bar. This makes hosting and attending a party bar easier for everyone!
It’s simple and fun to host a hot chocolate party bar where everyone brings their favorite hot chocolate topping. And it’s easier for your guests to bring a container of chopped peppermint candies or mini chocolate chips than it is for them to make an entire dish.
Letting my guests know about our upcoming holiday party bar is a snap. For small events with just family, social media really has made it easy for our family to stay connected. A quick Facebook message to everyone is all it takes. I no longer have to spend hours making phone calls to everyone to coordinate a meal with extended family.
For larger events, I use evites. I can send a reminder of our event, and guests always have access to the location. No more lost paper invitations with the event address on them!
I’m a big fan of Any.do when it comes to planning events. It’s a great tool for keeping tasks organized.
For example, we have family coming for the weekend. I want to be sure to have the shopping done and house ready before they arrive. Instead of trying to get a bunch of tasks completed in one day, I’ve scheduled one or two things to do over the next 10 days.
I’ve also added my shopping list. I love using the shopping list feature on Google. It’s so easy to see what I have on hand in the kitchen, then add things I don’t by simply saying, “Okay Google, add XXX to my shopping list.” Once I’m at the grocery story I can pull up my shopping list from my smartphone. My Party Bar eBook has shopping and toppings lists as well as recipes for over 40 party bars!
There are endless ideas for party bars. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!
8 Holiday Party Bar Ideas:
Eggstravaganza Party Bar
Bagel Party Bar
Crepe Party Bar
Macaroni & Cheese Party Bar
Pasta Party Bar
Trifle Party Bar
Hot Chocolate Party Bar
Don’t avoid hosting a gathering with friends and family because you fear the work. Instead, host a holiday party bar. Your friends and family will appreciate going to an event where they bring an ingredient and not an entire dish.
Really, the holidays are about gathering with those we love–the people, not the things. Hosting it party bar style means you’ll have a great time with those you love and have great food that’s stress-free for everyone.
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