The holiday season is quickly approaching and with that means your calendars are about to become a bit more jammed with attending parties, shopping for the perfect gifts or even throwing your own soirée. During this time, it’s important to keep the holiday cheer alive and not get overwhelmed or stressed. “I think that a lot of people think that everything has to be one particular way and they try to plan how it is going to go,” Olivia Culpo, who teamed up with Stella Artois to Host One to Remember tells HELLO!. “That is the exact recipe for disaster.”
The former Miss USA-turned-actress – she has two movies coming out with Bruce Willis and Amy Schumer respectively – put together a stress-free guide to surviving the weeks leading up to 2018 from party tips to deciding where to spend the holidays with your significant other.
HELLO!: How do you not get overwhelmed when hosting a party?
“The number one trick is not feeling like it has to be perfect. It’s never going to be perfect. It’s never going to be how you plan it in your head. Have three to four people around you that whole day that will be able to help.”
What are three tips to planning a successful party?
“Plan in advance as much as possible. Good food and drinks. It needs to have enough people to where everybody feels comfortable. I think the more the merrier, it’s my personal philosophy.”
When it comes to gifts, how can someone keep cost down?
“We do Secret Santa which works out really well because there are seven of us. I have four brothers and sisters and then my parents and now they are all dating and fiances, so it’s a lot. We have a really low money budget. The idea is we don’t want it to be about gifts, which I think is really nice. We just try to make the holidays about celebrating our life with each other.”
So how do you find that perfect Secret Santa gift?
“I would say the perfect gift is picking out something you would be very excited to receive. If you stick to that, you’ll be successful. ”
Splitting the holidays between couples can cause issues. What’s the best way to approach this?
“It should definitely be a give and take. Making those decisions into such a big deal is what causes the stress to begin with so just go with the flow. Set up what is important to one person and the other person and then you can figure out what you have to do to make it even. One person could also be going through more family stuff and you have to be there, and you have to be understanding.”
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