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Easy Entertaining Tips

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Holiday entertaining doesn’t need to be stressful! Use these Easy Entertaining Tips to save you time and money!

Holiday Table

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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.

Easy Entertaining Tips 

Be prepared

  • Make a list, check your pantry for items you could use and be organized
  • Place everything you have in the house that you will need into a large laundry basket
  • Then as you go shopping, add those items to the laundry basket so that everything is in one place and easy to see what you have already
  • Stock up – be ready for surprise guests with ingredients in the pantry that can be made in minutes. 
  • Keep the decorations minimal. These Holiday Lanterns go together in minutes and look gorgeous! 

Charcuterie Board Fruit and Vegetables

Preparing Food

  • 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
  • Create an impressive looking Charcuterie Board. They are super fun to put together and look like you spent hours on them. 
  • 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.
  • Set up a buffet for guests. It will be easier for you and for them. 

How to set up a buffet

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

Easy Holiday Appetizers

These Easy Holiday Appetizers are epic! From dips to cheese trays – to cheese balls to slow cooker appetizers – and many more! We have you covered with these 25+ Easy Holiday Appetizers! And let’s not forget those New Year’s parties, these appetizers are perfect for New Year’s Eve too!

Reasons to LOVE Appetizers

  1. They are easy to prepare – most appetizers take less than 30 minutes to prep and cook
  2. A little goes a long way – you can make several holiday appetizers to feed a crowd
  3. Clean up is easy – these easy holiday appetizers take very little prep and use minimal dishes
  4. They are pretty to serve – creating a spectacular looking Christmas appetizer tray is easier than you think
  5. Make ahead – HELLO busy Christmas season
  6. Everyone loves them! You can easily make a meal on appetizers, especially these amazing Christmas appetizers

Breakfast Charcuterie Board with pancakes, meat, fruit and yogurt

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. This Breakfast Charcuterie Board would be great! 
  • Host an appetizer bar and drinks

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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

Easy Entertaining Tips

What easy entertaining tips would you add? 

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  1. I am looking for suggestions as to what to do for our shut ins at our church, for Easter. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Donna Partain

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