Party planning shouldn’t make you crazy. When you’re hosting family and friends, you want to take in the fun, too. Here are some ways to entertain without overextending yourself.

1. Cook Ahead

2. Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

4. Get out of the house and take a nighttime drive to look at holiday lights

5. Go to the town’s Christmas tree lighting