Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Family Gatherings: How to Avoid the Stress

Family gatherings always have the potential to go well or go badly. When you get everyone together, anything can happen. But it’s certainly true that it’s very stressful for you if you are the one hosting the whole gathering. You can take some of the stress out of the occasion if you plan it carefully, though. Here are some great tips that will help you avoid that stress.

Pick the Best Time for Everyone

Arranging the date and time of the party is a very important part of the process. For most people, this will be where you decide to start. You should consult with as many people as possible before you set the date and time. Ideally, you want a time that is perfect for everyone, although this can be difficult to achieve. If you set a time that no one can make, then it won’t be much of a family gathering, will it? It’s best to get people’s opinions and make sure that you do this in advance. You should be planning this month in advance so that people don’t make other plans for the time of the gathering.

Send Paper Invitations

When you’re inviting family members to your home, it’s always best to send out physical invitations. If you just invite people verbally or by sending out an email people can forget the details. But if they have a physical invitation, they will be much more likely to keep hold of it. The invitation will detail the date, time and location. And that’s all the information they could want. You can personalise them with a family photo if you like. And you could even personalise the stamp used on the envelope. Go to to find out more about that.

Rearrange the Furniture

Your home becomes a venue when the whole family is coming around. This presents you with a few problems and difficulties that have to be confronted. It’s very difficult to fit everyone in comfortably, but it normally can be done. You should think about rearranging the furniture to make that extra space. It’s pretty easy to do this. You should take out any items that are breakable so that no accidents happen. And you can simply push all the furniture to the edges of the room. That way, everyone will have plenty of floor space to mingle and talk to each other. And you can do this on the morning of the gathering.

Cater to Everyone’s Food and Drink Needs

Everyone has certain peculiarities and needs when it comes to food and drink. So, it’s important to keep this in mind when you are buying food and drink for the gathering. You should, first of all, make note of any allergies that people have. The last thing you want is to cause an allergic reaction in one of your guests. Then you can make sure that you buy food that is suitable for everyone. If there are any vegetarians and vegans in the family, make sure there is something for them. You don’t want to be improvising when you realise that you've forgotten about them. The same goes for drinks. It’s best to get a good range of both alcoholic and soft drinks. Visit to find out more about party drinks.


Know What the Time Will be Spent Doing

You should have a basic plan for how you want the gathering to play out. This is your responsibility as the person who is organising and hosting the entire get-together. If you host these kinds of family get-togethers regularly, then people will probably just take care of themselves. But it might be necessary to create more of a structure to the gathering if it’s a family reunion kind of event. When people haven’t seen each other for a long time, it can be a little awkward. You can create games and activities for people to play if that’s the case. This helps everyone to relax and have fun with one another.

Avoid Arguments and Contentious Issues

In every family, there is the potential for arguments and disagreements. And the last thing you want is for an argument to start when you are hosting a get-together. These are supposed to be happy and pleasant occasions, so you don’t want things to descend into chaos. You know your family history better than anyone. So, if you see two people spending time together and you know they normally don’t get along, keep an eye on them. And you should also be careful not to bring up any contentious issues. Every family has a history, and you don’t need a debate about these things at your gathering.

Keep an Eye on the Kids

If there are children in the family, then you should make sure that you keep an eye on them. We all know that kids can be mischievous and get up to no good. And this is even truer when they get together and stuff their faces with junk food. If there are certain parts of the home that are off limits, you should make sure this is made clear to everyone when they arrive. This can be done in a polite way, but it does set the boundaries for the kids from the start. And make sure that anything valuable is kept out of the way so that it doesn’t get broken or damaged by hyperactive kids.

Place Bin Liners Strategically Around the Home

There will be a lot of waste and rubbish created by your family gathering, so you need to prepare for this. When you have lots of people moving throughout your home, you need to make sure they have somewhere to dump their rubbish. The best and easiest solution to this problem is to place bin liners in each room. This makes it obvious to people where they should put their rubbish such as plastic cups when they’re done with them. It’s much better than having to clean everything up by yourself when everyone has gone home.

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