Dussehra, Durga Puja & Ayudha Puja – the festive season can be daunting and running you into despair, but a few things wrapped under your sleeves can work wonders to help you accomplish all your chores while you enjoy to the fullest, and have no post festivity guilt!
Dussehra, Durga Puja & Ayudha Puja – the festive season can be daunting and running you into despair, but a few things wrapped under your sleeves can work wonders to help you accomplish all your chores while you enjoy to the fullest, and have no post festivity guilt! Here are the 10 things you need to keep note of. Read on…
1) List a Check list: In order to enjoy a fulfilling and joyous festive season, start by listing out the things you wish to complete and accomplish. Shopping, gifting, party preparations, people to invite, groceries, cooking, catering, budgets and cost – have everything listed on a checklist and tick them off while you finish them. Works all the time!
2) Stick to what you know: Festive seasons are not for ‘experimental recipes gone wrong’! New recipes or beginning to learn how to cook during the festive season when you have guests walking into your home in the next few hours is a BAD IDEA! But if you must try, start planning few days prior to the event so you know your recipe actually works and cannot go wrong.
3) Involve, Encourage, Indulge: If your guests wish to bring in some of their special dishes and sweets, do encourage them to do so! The more people participate, the better. Don’t juggle too many things which you cannot keep up with.
4) Pets need care: Take care of your pets. Most festivities bring people together but often, your pets are neglected. Take them for a walk and give them the much needed love and attention. Keep track of their food and diet, as your furry friends can eat up almost any party decoration thinking it is food.
5) Choose Few, Enjoy More: Opting for a few social occasions, events or parties actually saves you a lot of aftermath guilt that you suffer from eating all that good food, sweets and delicacies. Plan your events well and stick to the plan.
6) Be Considerate: Think about the old and elderly guests or family members if you are throwing a party. A get together at lunch works better than a late night party.
7) Social Media Savvy: Don’t go haywire on posting frequently during the festivities. Being social media savvy does get you the much needed attention and popularity, not to mention the likes and comments, but a festive season is family time with your loved ones and you probably will be missing out on special bonding moments with your family if you are busy posting or tweeting all the time.
8) Nice to Neighbours: Take note of your neighbors and your community or association rules. Festive Season parties sure gain you brownie points and get you closer to your family and friends, but such large family get together can irk your neighbors because it gets too noisy. Keep them informed of any parties that you are planning to throw. This makes sure they can plan their day and are well prepared.
9) Choose Water: While it is a great time of the year for enjoyment, it can also be a time of excess, especially when it comes to social drinking. Statistics show that when people plan to drink responsibly, it may be difficult to stick to the plan. Limiting food and alcohol during a get together or family party is difficult but not impossible. Keeping track of what and how much you drink can add less to your calorie intake and better your chances of not having a hangover. It is good to stay hydrated and the thumb rule is to drink at least 6 – 7 glasses of water every day. Say no to carbonated drinks, cocktails & beverages as much as you can.
10) Dress Right: Dress well, dress appropriate, and dress right. No experiments or too gaudy dressing. When in doubt, always opt for simple and chic outfits that compliment your body and is the proper fit for the occasion. Do take into account the weather and the temperature in your city! DO NOT wear a heavily loaded sequenced ethnic wear on a hot afternoon. Remember, festive seasons are special occasions and the photographs live forever.
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