Stress Stinks and it has no place in holiday entertaining...
As I flipped though the pages of the December issue of Better Homes and Garden I found several tips that would help avoid the potential for stress…
Here are the tips I found helpful…
Plan ahead…start planning your menu and create detailed shopping list as soon as possible.
Utilize shortcuts…If you don’t have time to bake you can pick up some cupcakes or cookies from the bakery.
Ask for help…Ask your guest to bring a side dish or a dessert.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper public radio host of the Splendid Table shares how to roll out the welcome mat with a minimum of stress and trepidation.
- Focus your efforts! People the first and last thing they engage with. So focus on a warm welcome and memorable final bite.
- Rein in the menu! Plan on making only 4 dishes yourself. If at all possible make most of them ahead.
- Turn the light down! Bright lights never feel festive. Use candlelight at eye level or below to draw your guests in and make your room feel intimate.
- Encourage mingling! Cluster chairs around the table…never push the chairs against the wall.
- Clean where it counts! Focus on the guest bathroom, lay out fresh towels.
- Don’t forget the fun! Having a good time at your own party is the most important thing. It’s also the best way to make sure your guests are enjoying themselves.
Jorj Morgan, cooking, lifestyle and entertaining author offers this tip for making your holiday entertaining stress free…”A week before your party, lay out vases, dishes and serving platters. If you don’t have everything you need, you still have time to visit thrift stores for fill-in. Don’t be afraid to mix and match china and glassware. It’s about patterns that flow not dishes that match.”
Eddie Ross, lifestyle expert, blogger and former caterer has a few tips of his own. His foolproof plan for a holiday party is long on festive details and short on stress. Here are a couple of ideas I really loved; put coconut flakes on a cake plate and your store-bought cookies will look festive and inviting. He also suggests taking store-bought shortbread cookies and sandwich them together with jam or dip store-bought meringues into melted chocolate. Another tip I love and use often is the cheese board. I love Eddie’s combination; A Gruyère, a camembert and a blue cheese served alongside fruit such as pears and grapes and to finish it off add a preserve or chutney and crackers or bread. Delicious!
Thank you Better Homes and Gardens…for the great advice for stress free holiday entertaining!