One Minute Tip: Three Ways to Get Organized for a Holiday Party with Amelia Meena

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In today's video, Amelia Meena brings us a few simple things you can do before (and during) your next dinner party to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed (and speed up the cleanup process). Happy Holiday Hosting, everyone!

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In today's video, Amelia Meena brings us a few simple things you can do before (and during) your next dinner party to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed (and speed up the cleanup process). Happy Holiday Hosting, everyone!

Three Ways to Better Organize Your Holiday Party:

1. Make a Schedule of Events: If you make a rough timeline of how you'd like the evening to progress, you can better relax when your guests are mingling, because your attention will be on them, not on whether or not you've forgotten about dessert. (But let's be honest... who ever really forgets about dessert.)

2. Make a List of Tasks to Delegate: Friendly guests always ask what they can do to help, but unless you have something ready to say, the polite thing for them to do is to mingle and enjoy the party (as they should!). Listing out things that are easy to delegate ahead of time can help you avoid getting overwhelmed in the moment when someone asks you what they can do to help, and help the work to feel like part of the party. Try to match tasks with personalities. If you have someone that's really social, have them greet people at the front door, pour wine, take coats. If you have shy friends, let them set the table, take charge of the playlist, help you with something in the kitchen.

3. Organize Kitchen Cleanup Ahead of Time: It's an age old trick, but filling the sink with soapy water before you leave the kitchen is a great way to speed up cleanup at the end of the night. That way, when a guest walks into the kitchen after dinner, they don't have to ask what to do, (and you don't have to ask them). At the end of the night, you can make an easy transfer to the dishwasher, and voila!

• The Star: Amelia Meena moved to New York City in a roundabout way from Kentucky, bringing only 2 suitcases and dreams of Broadway. Nearly a decade later, she's sung onstage, acted on screen and has found the best thing about organization is efficiency (it's gone up to 4 suitcases now but that's still pretty good for city living). Her company, Appleshine, Lifestyle Organization, has helped men, women, families and businesses clear out clutter and make the most of their space. When she's not Appleshining someone's lifestyle, she's running in Central Park, playing violin with a bluegrass band, catching up on reading for her 2 book clubs or wandering around The Container Store.

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Links and Related Posts:
5 Tips for Throwing a Dinner Party in a Small Apartment
10 Always Entertaining Party Games
Time-Honored Entertaining Tips from The Vogue Book of Menus and Recipes
How to Welcome Holiday Guests

(Image credits: Videography by Abby Ballin, Stills in video by Gabriela Herman)

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