Holidays are so happy! Aside from the general stress that eats you alive from November to early January. With meals to plan, parties to attend, and endless house prep it kinda makes you want to get back in bed. Why not use Thumbtack to make life easier? The sanity you’ll save is well worth the investment in the pros.
Here are 9 fresh ways to skate through the holidays stress-free.
Interior Decoration for the Win
If holiday decorating makes you want to cry, bring in a pro. It really doesn’t have to be tinsel and light-up reindeer. If you’re hosting an elegant affair and want a beautiful setting to reflect that, bring in a design artist to create a subtle and stunning holiday vibe.
You can’t stand shopping, but you gotta look good at company parties and formal events. Hire a personal shopper and wardrobe consultant to handle that nonsense for you. That’s hours and hours of mall time, saved. Possibly even have them purchase the gifts on your gift list, too. Now that’s thinking.
Finally Get Good Photos
This year put your foot down and have a professional photographer snap the holiday card pics. You’re tired of the self-timer camera and the baby looking off in space and your better half always with the closed eyes. Think of the glory of Photoshop.
Hire a Bartender
And we don’t just mean for daily life. Ramp up your annual holiday party a notch from the self-serve wine station by hiring a professional bartender. They’ll pour drinks, bus empties, keep mixers fresh. You can even have a signature cocktail. Fancy. Pro Tip: Use a party rental service that provides all the glassware. You won’t have to wash one single wine glass.
Ease Relationship Tension
If holiday stress is putting an edge on your romance, make an appointment with a relationship counselor. Lean on—instead of argue with—each other during the holiday craze. Everyone will have more fun!
Pre-plan Your Snow Plow
Advance book a snow plow service to clear the way before your big party weekend. Just think—one less thing to worry about when the snow starts to fall.
Melt Away Stress with a Massage
Yes, the holidays are all about giving. But let’s be honest, you need to feel good to give freely of yourself. Book a massage before your in-laws start knocking on the door. You’ll greet them all with an easy-going smile.
Make Your Party Better Than Everyone Else’s
Party entertainment makes fabulous memories. You could be traditional and hire Santa, be classy with musicians strumming classical tunes, have fun with a magician, or go ahead and best everyone by hiring a psychic to do readings. Picture it—a candlelit corner with a fabulous palm reader. You would definitely win the cool party competition.
Hire a Caterer (You Deserve It)
The number one reason people lose their minds on the holidays is kitchen-related disasters. (Note: This is not an actual fact, but we’re sure you can relate on some level.) Why worry about the soufflés rising, the turkey cooking, the pies browning—seriously, there are very talented people happy to help. Focus on your guests and get the party catered.
So what are you waiting for? Set yourself up for success and get to the real spirit of the holidays—spending time with the people you love.