How to Host a Stress-Free Holiday Party + The Best Restaurants in San Antonio Open for Christmas Day

Hosting a holiday party doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, if you follow these tips it can be a fun and enjoyable experience for all!

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Tip #1: Make the menu easy, yet impressive
It is only natural to want to make something complex and impressive. However, impressive doesn’t have to mean complicated. Consider an easy menu you can make the day of the party! Maple-glazed ham is impressive, easy and quite tasty!

Tip #2: Step away from the cocktail bar
Don’t be the bartender for the night. Instead, make a couple of holiday cocktails ahead of time, let them chill in the fridge and then put them out for guests to enjoy. Here are some holiday cocktail ideas everyone will enjoy:

Winter Sangria

Vodka Cranberry Cooler

Spiked Sparkling Cider

Or, you can stick to the basics by stocking the bar with wine, red and white, champagne and beer.

Tip #3: Set the stage with a warm atmosphere
Set the mood by dimming the lights, lighting the fire, incorporating candle votives at the dinner table and playing some seasonal holiday favorites.

Tip #4: Do some work, behind-the-scenes
A little behind-the-scenes work is key to a successful party. With that in mind, soak dirty dishes (to make clean-up easier), crack a window to circulate fresh, crisp air and keep prepared food warm in the oven at 200-degrees.

Tip #5: Rearrange your living room for entertaining
After dinner, move to the living room for some fun and games. Make sure your living room is arranged in a way to allow for easy entertaining by adding more chairs and pointing them all toward the center of the space.

Tip #6: Wind it down
While you don’t want it to, the fun will eventually stop. Lower the music, blow out a few candles and start cleaning-up to signal the party is over.

Not up for hosting a big holiday party? Let someone else do the work! Head out to one of these Austin-area restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas:

  • Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
    • Enjoy the steakhouses everyday menu full of delicious grilled steak, pork, chicken and more, plus a selection of seasonal salads, soups and fresh vegetables.
    • Cost: $52.95 for adults, half-price for children 7 to 12 and complimentary for children 6 and under.
    • Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Oro at Emily Morgan
    • A holiday brunch with a Texas twist featuring dishes like Gul oysters with chipotle remoulade, herb-roasted prime rib, guajillo-maple glazed salmon and more! Oh, and don’t forget to save room for a wide range of delicious desserts.
    • Cost: $64.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids 12 and under and FREE for children under five.
    • Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Palm Restaurant
    • Head to this classic steakhouse and enjoy its regular a la carte menu – and a special treat, a prime rib served with au jus and horseradish cream!
    • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Supper
    • You simply can’t miss Hotel Emma during Christmas! While there, dine at Supper and enjoy some hearty shareable starters, wintery dishes and more!
    • Hours: Lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 8 p.m.)

Whether you decide to host your own holiday party or forgo the work and head out to one of these San Antonio restaurants, we wish you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!

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