Five Tips for Making Holiday Entertaining Easier:
() Decorate Early - Set it and Forget It
When I say early, I mean... right now. This is the time. Before you are really consumed with all the extra activity that the holidays bring. Decorate now, and you'll have a huge load off your shoulders when it come time to entertain. Keep the majority of your decor a general "Winter Holiday" theme, and then you can just change small details like your wreaths or place settings to distinguish between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Three Kings Day, etc.
A huge part of the holidays is of course THE FOOD! There is nothing worse than planning out your menu, getting ready to cook, and realizing you don't have enough pans or serving dishes for your meal. Plan your pans. While you are making your meal plan, make note of which pan and serving platter you will use for each dish and make note of how many pans and dishes you may need to pick up to complete the meal.
() Calculate your libations
Probably the next biggest part of holiday entertaining is the drinks! You don't want to run out of beverages just when everyone is in the middle of merriment. The chart below is a good reference for the amount of alcohol to purchase or request from your guests.
() Play Some Joyful Tunes & Universal TV
Set up a holiday Spotify playlist that can play throughout the party. The playlist sets a joyful tone and atmosphere, and might even trigger and impromptu holiday song singing session from your guests! If you want a TV on I'd suggest putting on Food Network. Food Network is a please-all TV station. Its appropriate for all ages and provides a point of conversation for guests who may not know each other.
() Keep the Coffee (and milk!) Flowing
Almost as important as alcoholic beverages are caffeinated drinks. If you are entertaining in the morning/afternoon or preparing for people to hang around a while after dinner you want to have your coffee and milk ready. I choose to use a single serve coffee brewing system when I have guests so that people have a variety of beverages to choose from. I keep a gallon of DairyPure Milk on hand for those who want to lighten up their coffee.
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