5 Tips for Surviving Holiday Party Season
We all love to celebrate the holidays, especially when we’re invited to numerous parties by co-workers, relatives, friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, a couple of months of celebratory eating and drinking can undo all the work you’ve done to fit into your party dress. The trick is to come away from the holidays looking and feeling just as good—or better—than before the season started. By following a few simple steps you’ll be able to have your party cake, and eat it, too.
1. LBD Selection. A little black dress is a must for every woman’s wardrobe. Choosing one that can fit in at many different events over several years is easy if you know what to look for. Avoid trendy dresses that will go out of fashion in a couple of seasons; opt for more classic cuts and subtle fabrics that will last for years. Choose a style that flatters your body shape, whether that means a pencil skirt, a full skirt, a V-neck, etc. Avoid styles that you’re unlikely to wear in a few years or that aren’t as versatile, such as super-short dresses and strapless tops. Above all, choose a dress that makes you feel great; if it doesn’t, it will spend more time in your closet than out on the dance floor.
2. Pre-Party Skin Prep. Once you have your dress, you’ll want to make sure that your skin is looking its best when all of the cameras inevitably come out. A quick trip to the spa will get you party ready with a clarifying facial, body scrub and wrap. Remember to keep your skin moisturized throughout the season, paying special attention to hands and feet. Moisturizing manicures and pedicures with the addition of paraffin treatments go a long way in warding off dry, winter skin.
3. Eat First, Snack Less. It’s easy to find yourself overeating at a holiday party if you arrive hungry. Save yourself the empty calories by eating a healthy snack—or even dinner—before you leave the house. If you’re going to a potluck, be the person who brings a salad or fruit plate. If you must eat at the party, use small plates; fill up on vegetables; avoid dips and fried foods; and limit your desserts. Focus on socializing, not on hanging around the food table, and don’t feel guilty about saying no to a second helping.
4. Drink Moderately. Holiday parties are a festive atmosphere, usually with plenty of wine and spirits flowing freely. While it can be tempting to imbibe with reckless abandon when among friends and family, you usually feel a whole lot better in the morning if you monitor your alcohol intake—for both caloric and hangover reasons. If you’re watching calories, stay away from popular holiday drinks such as eggnog, hot buttered rum and white Russians. Stick with one to two glasses of wine or light beer and calorie-free beverages.
5. Stay Safe. It can’t be said enough that safety should be priority No. 1 year round, and especially around the holidays when so many people are traveling, celebrating and drinking more than usual. Always leave the house with a back-up plan in the event that you have too much to drink, whether it’s a designated driver, the number to a cab company, or a standing reservation on a friend’s couch.