We can all agree that the holiday season have the potential to be one of the best times of the year. With family, friends and food surrounding us, it’s hard not to get into the spirit. But at My Food and Family, we also know the madness that comes along with the holidays… especially if you’re hosting. Between cleaning up the house and preparing the food all on top of holiday shopping, it can be a lot of pressure. That’s why we’ve put together a list of holiday entertaining tips and hacks to make your life a little bit easier once those days roll around.
- If you have a big group coming over, accidents are bound to happen, so purchase a set of inexpensive stemware to use. That way it’s no big deal if something breaks.
- Set aside a quick-chill tub of salted ice water for drinks. This will keep your fridge free for the food.
- Increase your oven space! If you have people bringing hot dishes over or if you’ve got a lot of baking to do, consider purchasing a 3-tier oven rack.
- Let the slow cooker do the work for one of the appetizers. Throw in the ingredients for this Slow-Cooker Easy Mexican Party Dip and forget about it until party time.
- Set out and label your platters and serving dishes the night before your event. In doing this, you’ll avoid hunting and gathering platters as you go. If guests arrive early and want to help, they’ll also know where the food goes once it’s ready.
- Stock up on inexpensive containers. If you don’t want to deal with leftovers, split them up into take-home containers to have your guests take before they leave.
- Rather than dealing with multiple liquors and mixers, grab a punch bowl and mix up a holiday punch-bowl cocktail, mulled wine or a Moscow Mule.
- This is one of our favorite holiday entertaining hacks—prepare what you can ahead of time. Some foods can be prepared a couple of days before and then heated or re-heated on the day of the gathering, like these Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes. Don’t forget your masher.
- Similar to the above, if you’re planning to make dessert, your freezer is the perfect place to store cookie dough or cake layers. Be sure to check out our tips on freezing baked goods.
- When you’re hosting a party, the trashcans are bound to fill up quickly. To spare your guests (or yourself) the trouble of rummaging through your pantry to find the trash bags, just place extras in the bin, under the current bag in use.
The holidays are swiftly approaching, so be sure to use these holiday entertaining tips so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. Be sure to check out our Party Center for more tips, tricks and ideas for your next get-together!