Maybe you are like me and you need a little help putting away your Christmas decorations…Every year I tell myself, “Self…this is the year we are going to organize the Christmas decorations as we put them away”…I also have had grand visions of actually putting the containers away in a manner that allows me to easily access the things I need first, then second…you get the idea. Year after year I have grand plans but no real plan in place.
If you are in need of a plan of attack visit “Putting Away Christmas” over at Just Organized, they have a plan and it looks like a good one. I also want to give credit where credit is due…I actually saw this link on the Happy Housewife blog…Check her out for some great posts on simple living, Organizing in 365 and diy…I wish you JOY while putting away Christmas!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!
Smile…and be thankful this isn’t a x-ray of your spine….Hoping your days are merry and bright!!!
Great quotes…via Pinterest
I had no idea that for years my husband has been a man on a secret mission. That is I didn’t know until he let the cat out of the bag. As my husband and I were talking about Christmas gifts and shopping lists it was revealed that for years he has been a man on a mission,a secret mission to make sure one of the first gifts under the tree was for me.
At some point in our many Christmas’ together I off-handedly mentioned that in all the gifts that were under the tree my name wasn’t on a single present. I do not remember the exact conversation but I am sure I was joking…However, the Hubs heard it and interpreted it to mean something that he took as a personal challenge. So, for years he has made sure to be the first one to place gifts under the tree.
I want you to know that no sooner had this little bit of information been revealed I became a woman on a mission…I wanted to join in the fun!
In my defense..I am not a last-minute shopper, or a gift wrap slacker…It’s just that I like to have the majority of my gifts purchased before settling in to do my wrapping. Therefore, I rarely have my gifts wrapped and under the tree first. That is until…this year…This year I became a woman on a mission…a mission to place the first gift under the tree! Even if there is only ONE gift under the tree…I bought it, wrapped it and ran to put it under the tree as the Hubs came through the door…I did it, I put the first gift under the tree. Guess who its for…no not me…its for the Hubs!
It looks like a new tradition has been born…Not only is there a man on a mission but now there is a woman on a mission. So let the fun and games begin!
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!