Holiday entertaining doesn’t need to be stressful! Use these tips for easy entertaining to save you time and money!
My Mom used to always say “if you want something done in the house, have a party.” While I used to agree with that, and still do somewhat, over the years I have changed my thinking to keep to simple and easy.
Here are my tips for easy entertaining…
- Make a list, check your pantry for items you could use and be organized
- Use our 12 Steps to Christmas Sanity to get yourself ready for the holidays so you can enjoy the party and have more time with family
- Stock up – be ready for surprise guests with ingredients in the pantry that can be made in minutes. Here are some simple recipes that take minutes to put together
- Prepare as much as you can ahead of time – cheese, fruit, veggies, meat – lots of food can be cut ahead and stored in resealable bags and ready to go
- Use your Slow Cooker – no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen while guests are visiting and enjoying the party
- Potluck – ask visitors to bring a dish to share – it’s okay, really! Ask them to bring the dish that is traditional to their family during the holidays. It’s fun for them and for your guests.
Tips for Setting up a Buffet
- Create different levels
- Be sure that the taller pieces are in the back
- By setting out the serving dishes ahead, you will know if you need to gather any more supplies
- Label the dishes so you or someone helping you can quickly fill the dish for serving. I just use sticky notes
Think outside the box – change up the traditional sit down party
Holiday parties don’t always have to be big and grand. Here are 3 ideas for something different
- Host a dessert party rather than a full meal
- Host brunch…everyone is busy in the evenings with concerts and school events, a morning get-together is perfect
- Host an appetizer bar and drinks
Cleaning – party ready
The whole house doesn’t have to be perfect. Here are a few cleaning tips…
- Concentrate on the high traffic areas
- Wash windows, not all of them need to be done but entry doors and those in areas where the guests will be congregating should be done
- Clean out the refrigerator a few days prior to your party to make room for all the food
- Clean early with the intent that on or the day before the party all that will be required is a quick swish and swipe
- And don’t forget to scrub the sinks
We are almost there, today is Day 11 of our 12 Steps to Christmas Sanity. So far in this series we have made a Christmas Card, scheduled all of our parties and events on our Printable December Calendar, gathered budget friendly gift ideas, printed out a Christmas Gift List, tackled our Christmas Dinner Menu, checked our pantry for baking supplies and we whipped up some treats that everyone will love!
We shared 8 simple decorating ideas for you in case you are short on time and yesterday we shared some simple gift bags plus free printable gift tags. And we put together a Hot Cocoa Gift Basket that makes a great gift or keep it for yourself! Thanks to Laura from I Heart Planners for all the great printables!
To download the Party Prep Planner, click on the photo above!
And follow along each day as we help you get ready for the holidays!
- Day 1 – Handmade Christmas Card and a Printable Holiday Card Tracker
- Day 2 – Printable Monthly December Calendar and Master To Do List
- Day 3 – Budget Friendly Gift Ideas and a Printable Budget Tracker
- Day 4 – Printable Christmas List
- Day 5 – Christmas Recipes and Printable Christmas Menu with Grocery List
- Day 6 – Baking Supplies Checklist and Printable List
- Day 7 – No Bake Holiday Treats: Hot Fudge Sauce, Christmas Candy Crunch, Cookie Dough Truffles, Homemade Gum Drops and more
- Day 8 – Simple Decorating Ideas
- Day 9 – Easy Gift Bags with Fabric Handles and Printable Gift Tags (2 different styles)
- Day 10 – Gift Basket Idea and Printable Gift List
- Day 11 – Party Prep and Printable Party Planner
- Day 12 – Organizing Christmas Decorations and Printable Box Labels and Inventory Sheet