It’s almost party season, when our calendars will be bursting with back-to-back meet-ups with friends, family and colleagues. Avoid burning out with tips from Delegate’s event planning gurus.
After working hard all year, it’s easy to lose ourselves during party season. Healthy eating habits and workouts go out the window, and we aren’t keeping watchful eyes on the time. It’s no wonder then that instead of feeling refreshed, we’re more run down than ever, wishing we had more discipline the night before. If this happens to you every time the festivities roll around, professional party planners Jacqueline and Melissa (co-founders of online event planning platform Delegate) have some advice.
1/ Keep Up Your Workout Routines
Tempting as it is to let your workouts slide, it’s a slippery slope once you cancel your first gym sesh, then the next… Just get active! It’ll give you more pep and you’ll feel more confident in your party outfits. If you had a late night but usually exercise in the morning, cut yourself some slack and squeeze in a lunchtime sweat fest instead.
2/ Just Say “No”
Don’t feel inclined to agree if you don’t feel up for socialising at a particular party. What you should do however, is tell the hosts you won’t be making it well in advance. It’s common courtesy.
3/ Get More Rest
If you’re getting in really late every night, muster up your last bit of determination to just remove your makeup, bathe and go to bed. No TV marathon, and put away that phone. You should also think about going for that afternoon spinning class instead of the one that kicks off at dawn. Sleep may be just what you need to recover, and you might get sick if you don’t get enough!
4/ Eat Something Healthy First
All those mini bites at get-togethers always look so tempting, but small snacks like quiches and cheese can be high in fat, carbohydrates and sodium. Plus, we tend to eat so many of these because they’re not filling. Try this smart trick before your evening party: bag a second healthy meal at lunch and have it just before you leave for the bash. You’ll be less tempted by the little treats and it’ll line your stomach before you imbibe any booze.
5/ Get a Hydration Buddy
Pair up with a friend to keep an eye on each other’s drinks. Before your pal sips on one more cup of calorie-wasting cordial or alcohol, remind her to have more water instead, something we tend to forget about. She should do the same for you.
6/ Work on Recovery
Feeling wretched in the morning? Avoid the mistake of loading up on greasy food. Instead, get a healthier hangover brekkie by opting for more nutritious protein and veggie bites – smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and avocado are good options. For quelling nausea, ginger tea is your brew. Once you’re feeling better, a hot yin yoga class will help you sweat out toxins without too much exertion. For an additional boost, a full-body massage or foot reflexology could be just what you need! Alternatively, try these foam-rolling exercises at home.
7/ Get Expert Help
Planning a party can be seriously taxing. If you’re not sure you can take it on, it might be a good idea to outsource it to experts. They can help you with logistics, your guest list, hiring a caterer or even a mixologist if you’re feeling fancy. They can also bring in florists who can jazz up the place for you.
8/ Plan Active Parties
Get-togethers don’t always have to mean lengthy sessions sitting around food and just chatting. Gather your gals for a walk in the park followed by a fresh and healthy brunch after. You’ll all be more energised, and you’ll be able to remember all your conversations the next day too!