It’s the 1st of December! That means that Christmas is only 23 days away… which means that the team at Schupepe Tents in Auckland are flat-out busy with end of year corporate functions, private parties and other Christmas festivity events!

As well as being a joyous time of eating, drinking and being merry, for many people, the festive season can be one of the most stressful times of the year… Christmas shopping and its associated costs, family gatherings, office parties and other social engagements, food and alcohol – it can all put strain on you…

So what can you do to survive the season and come out the other end actually feeling like you’ve had break, instead of feeling in desperate need of one? Well we put out heads together and have compiled 6 top tips to ensure you get the most out of the festive season and make it through relatively unscathed…

Plan ahead

You spend weeks fretting about getting the Christmas shopping done, and then suddenly Christmas is just 2 days away and it all becomes last minute and stressful – sound familiar? Start stocking up with the supplies as soon as possible – try getting a few items over the remaining weeks leading up to Christmas along with your regular shopping. As for presents, a great tip is to have an emergency supply, just a few small gifts to save you from embarrassment in the event of someone arriving unexpectedly with a prezzie for you.

Everything in moderation

Christmas is all about fun, family, friends and… excess… and there’s not much fun in feeling as stuffed as the festive turkey! So our best advice is moderation – apply it to everything you eat, drink and do. And for goodness sake – don’t drink and drive! Remember that the new alcohol breath levels come into effect today – they fall from 400 micrograms per litre to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre. So if you’re driving, it’s best just not to drink.

Don’t over-inflate your expectations

Don’t expect to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas, as it’s as near as likely to fall short of your expectations. The most important thing is for you and your family to have fun. And that doesn’t mean landing yourself in debt for the next 12 months by buying expensive gifts either – just spending a bit of time together can be the best gift of all. Remember, if something doesn’t go quite to plan, it really isn’t the end of the world.

Don’t try and do everything

If you’re responsible for cooking and hosting the Christmas Day activities, then don’t take it all upon yourself. Ask family and friends to bring different parts of the meal, such as snacks, salads or desserts – don’t be afraid to ask for help. You could even rope in the kids to help out. And make sure you make time for you – just so that you can catch your breath

Don’t embarrass yourself at the office party

Christmas festivities usually start off with the good old office party… but all too often people go a bit too far and then live to regret it. If you don’t care that you make an idiot of yourself, then go ahead – just make sure you are not causing a nuisance to anybody else. However, if you’re the type who is going spend the next six months red-faced after kissing the office nerd, then just remember to take things easy.

And if you really want to make your Christmas festivities stress-free, then you need to contact the team at Schupepe Tents in Auckland, because planning and catering for big celebrations is what we do best. Whether it’s a corporate themed Christmas party to thank your customers, a family Christmas extravaganza, or a Christmas themed wedding – we have everything you need -from branded tents and romantically themed marquees, to flooring, lighting and furniture hire.

So, let the festivities begin…

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