The Holiday Survival Guide
Oh, the holidays! The fun! The food! The family feuds and stressful traveling and blown budgets and. . . food. Here’s how to ride it all out.
6 Ways to Have Healthy Holidays
The holidays bring their own set of challenges: too much food, too many parties, too much stress, too little time. Stay on the healthy track with these tips.
17 Holiday Health Tips
Follow this advice to enjoy a little holiday indulgence without sacrificing your health goals.
9 Healthy Holiday-Eating Strategies
Fend off holiday weight gain with these easy eating tricks.
A candy cane-to-nuts schedule for a free-flowing get-together that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your guests.
- Send the invitations. Make it clear whether children are welcome. Include a definite ending time—4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is ideal—so guests don’t arrive while you’re mopping up.
- Plan a stress-free menu. Serve foods that can be prepared ahead of time. Limiting beverages to sparkling water, juices, and red and white wine should satisfy everyone and makes a bartender unnecessary. Create a schedule of when each dish can be made, as well as a shopping list.
- Reserve any needed rental items. The rule of thumb is two plates, forks, and glasses per guest. (Rental glasses—tumblers are more worry-free than stemware—are a time-saver, since you just rinse and return them.) Alternatively, approach friends about borrowing items.