Hosting Christmas or any holiday can quickly become overwhelming and stressful. Check out these ideas of 6 ways to easily prepare for hosting Christmas to help make it a little less overwhelming. The best tip would be to plan ahead and try not to leave everything to the last minute. I am a huge fan of lists and that’s the best way for me to keep tasks organized. You can typically find me having a to-do list for each day, a party, or any project we are doing. It helps keep all my thoughts organized and help stay on task. I also find that it helps things not get missed. Below I created the ultimate Christmas checklist for hosting. This will give you ideas of things to consider and what to plan for to help relieve some of the stress of hosting Christmas.

What to Consider

Before working through the checklist or even creating your own list there’s some things to consider. There are several things to think about before hosting really any holiday or party. First, who is coming and how many people total is that? Next, what food and drinks will be served? Then consider if you have space for everyone already in your home or do you need some additional tables and/or chairs. Lastly, think about entertainment in terms of if there will be any games, movies, etc. You might not have all these answers right at the beginning, but it’s a good idea to first think about some of the basics for the holiday or party. After you have the basic idea then you can dive into starting to work through the checklist or creating your own list.

The Ultimate Christmas Checklist for Hosting


  • Who is coming?
  • Total number of people:
  • Let guests know date and time to arrive along with anything they should bring.
    • Specify if it’s BYOB, a potluck, gift exchange, etc.


  • Will you have a potluck style meal, will it be catered or are you (the host) serving dinner for everyone?
  • Appetizers for when people arrive:
    • Suggestions: Charcuterie board, veggie tray, fruit skewers, meatballs, pinwheel sandwiches, or pastries for earlier brunch gatherings
  • Main dish:
    • Suggestions: Ham, Turkey, Burgers, Pasta dish, Steak, or Fish
  • Side dishes:
    • Suggestions: Roasted vegetables, pasta salad, casseroles, mashed potatoes, or salad
  • Desserts:
    • Suggestions: Pies, cupcakes, or cookies


  • What drinks will you be serving?
    • Suggestions: wine, beer, seltzers, mimosas, or 1-2 mixed drinks you can have pre-made in pitchers or drink dispensers.
  • Do you need a cooler, ice, or cups?
  • Do you need any drink dispensers or pitchers for guests to easily be able to help themselves.


  • Do you have enough plates, napkins, cups, utensils?
  • Do you need any additional tables or chairs?
    • Suggestions: Consider borrowing additional ones from family members or renting them for the day of
  • Are tablecloths needed for the tables? If so, how many do you need?
  • Any decorations needed?
  • Do you need any platters for putting the food out on?


  • Do you want music playing? If so consider choosing or making a playlist prior.
  • Are there any sports games on that might be on the TV when guests come over?
  • Do you want to set up any games for everyone to play together?
    • Suggestions: board games, fire pit outside for roasting marshmallows, corn hole, or washers

Hopefully this ultimate Christmas checklist for hosting will help you prepare for hosting a great holiday surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. It’s important to remember that ultimately spending time with everyone is what matters most around the holidays. Of course you still want everything to go smoothly though especially if you are hosting. This checklist would likely help you create a checklist for other holidays too. If you have any fun Christmas traditions or things your family loves to do for the holidays I’d love to know down in the comments below!

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