This post is sponsored by Bissell, but all opinions are 100% my own.
Now that the Christmas decorating is done, I am focused on entertaining. My side of the family is coming to our house Saturday for an early Christmas celebration.
We’ll have my two sisters with families, my mom, two second cousins, and my own four kids, husband and large ornery dog.
The youngest guest will be three years old, and the oldest will be my mom. (she’d probably kill me if I typed a number, so we’ll go with that)
That is quite a crowd. And the number of people is not the best part. This. will. be. fun.
I thought I’d share today what I have planned to entertain a crowd and keep everyone happy so that it doesn’t turn into one of the scenes from Four Christmases. Have you seen that movie?
1. Make sure there is plenty of food, but don’t try to make it all yourself, or you’ll be so ticked off and tired when everyone arrives you won’t care if they have a good time or not. Assign everyone a dish to bring.
Keep a couple of snacks in your hostess “back pocket” in case the crowd gets restless. Nothing leads to knock down drag out family fights like empty stomachs.
2. Plan activities for the kids. I like to keep fun board games around. Those that can be played “kids vs. parents” are always fun.
3. Add a gift exchange game. Each adult is bringing a $20 gift to our house. Here are some ideas to keep the laughs going:
4. Put everyone to work. Besides divvying up the food duties, I’m planning to have pre-baked sugar cookies on hand and lots of frosting and sprinkles. This activity should get everyone all sugared up and happy.
What will I be doing after the party?
First, I’ll probably collapse on the couch. ;)
As much as my dog would love to be chief carpet cleaner, I am so glad that I have a Bissell Upright Cleaning Machine to clean up all traces of family fun.
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