Holiday Party Food & Drink Survival Tips

Holiday Party Food & Drink Survival Tips

Beautifully luxury decorated catering banquet table with black and red caviar and different food snacks on a corporate christmas birthday party event or wedding celebration

Have a few Christmas parties on the calendar this year? With an overabundance of yummy cookies, greasy/cheesy/meaty morsels and spiked eggnog, it’s far too easy to overindulge. And pay for it the next day! Unfortunately taking the next day off is not an option for parents, right!? Here are a few tips to help you make party food and drink choices that you won’t regret the next day:

  1. Try to arrive with a satisfied tummy, instead of a starving. Don’t skip dinner or other meals throughout the day, so you can justify bingeing on desserts later. We all know that moderation is not an option when you’re starving. Instead, anything & everything in sight will be consumed as quickly as possible!
  2. Choose your favourites and leave the rest. If your favourite is shortbread cookies but you don’t love chicken wings…. leave the wings off your plate and really enjoy what tastes best to you.
  3. Then fill the rest of your plate with fruit or veggies, to fill your tummy and get nutrients at the same time.
  4. Don’t hang out near the snack table. You’ll have no idea how much you’re eating as you constantly pick at the food during your conversation.
  5. Watch the alcohol –add in the cranberry juice, pop or eggnog and you have a meals worth of calories in a glass. Try soda water as a mix instead, if you will be drinking. Extra water is never a bad thing!

Given these tips, also remember that there are 21 meals in a week and 52 weeks in the year. Following the 80/20 rule, maybe this party is your chosen 20%. And that’s ok.

Happy Holidays!

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  • Jul's
    Posted at 19:18h, 15 December

    Such simple, yet easy to do tips! I love arriving with a satisfied tummy…hit me like a lightening bolt–I can do that! Great tips!

    • Jennifer House
      Posted at 19:22h, 15 December

      Thanks Juls! So many people “save-up” by avoiding eating during the day of a party. But being so hungry guarantees overeating. Have a small snack before heading to the party, and you’ll be able to focus on socializing instead of cramming your face with food 😉

  • Angela
    Posted at 23:27h, 15 December

    Great tips Jennifer! I engage in conversation too much to over-indulge at parties (at home it’s different!), but I love Tip #2 about choosing your favourites and leaving the rest. I’ll be keeping an eye on that the next event.

  • April
    Posted at 16:04h, 18 December

    Great tips, Jennifer! I think the biggie for me is standing near the food…it’s magnetic! But like you said, it’s much more difficult to measure how much we’re consuming when we graze like that. I have a few parties coming up and I will practice your tips!!

  • Beth
    Posted at 23:53h, 18 December

    I need these tips all the time, not just for the holidays! Thank you!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 21:54h, 19 December

    I never thought about all the calories in the drinks consumed during the holidays. I will be switching to soda water this holiday season.