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5 Tricks for Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party

5 Tricks for Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party


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Did the holidays sneak up on us or is it just me? Let’s avoid the stress this year by getting prepared! That means now is the time to take out your sticky pads and start making lists. Lists are your best friends. Santa always makes a list, and so should you.

To begin, here are my five favorite tips for hosting a great party, without a lot of fuss.

1. Be Prepared

Make lists! (You knew this was coming!) Stock up; buy things when you see them. The farther in advance you can make your menu, the better. This way, when those imported candied violets go on special, you can snap them up. Budget both your time and your money by thinking ahead.

2. Serve Up Something Signature

Have a “house” cocktail for the holidays and keep all the ingredients on hand at all times. It doesn’t have to be some crazy, fancy drink, either.

My favorite drink to serve during the holidays is a Kir Royale. I like to use Chambord, rather than cassis, with my cocktails. For the bubbly, you can’t go wrong with Cristalino it’s less than $10 a bottle. I like it better then Veuve Clicquot!

3. Go with Glitter

Metallic tones are all the rage this year. But you don’t need to have a closet of brass, gold, and silver to add a little sparkle to your holiday table. Instead, be creative.

Get gold and silver spray-paint, collect some newspapers, and head to the garage to spray pumpkins, walnuts, gourds, pomegranates… even pears! They are great to use on your holiday table for place cards, along with greens to decorate your buffet, or nestled in the centerpiece for a little gilded spice.

Serving a buffet? Make a slit in one of the spray-painted veggies and put in a card identifying each dish you are serving. Or stick one near the entry that says, “Happy Holidays! We are so glad you could come!”

4. Add a Sweet Touch

Use ribbon candy as a stand for place cards, your menu card, or for notes to identify the dessert buffet choices. Is there anything more festive than ribbon candy? I don’t think so. Its whimsical shape and bright color makes me smile and it is just the right shape to tuck a handwritten card in between the folds. They shimmer in candlelight and when grouped together, they look like little jewels strewn across the table.

5. Dress Up Your Cocktails

Instead of plain ice cubes to keep drinks cool, place grapes and cranberries in your freezer now, so that come party time, you can use a couple of frozen fruits to add a quick and thoughtful touch to a cocktail or sparkling water. The shapes add dimension, color, and something to chew on when that delicious libation is swirling over your tongue. And your guests will say, “You think of everything!” Intoxicating!

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Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?


Tips & Recipes for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? If so, then you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. After you’ve invited your guests, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to decorate, set the table, and entertain your guests while you’re prepping and cooking the food. Oh yeah, the food! There are appetizers, drinks, maybe a main course meal, and then, of course, dessert!

There are a lot of ways to make holiday entertaining less stressful. Here’s a great blog post with 25 Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining Stress Free! We like the idea of hosting a potluck (less dishes) and using some shortcuts (like pre-made items) to round out your holiday spread.

Check out this video for some great shortcut ideas!:

Want even more easy entertaining recipes? Keep reading!

Appetizers: Add a fancy touch to pre-made pierogis by wrapping them in some bacon, or stuff mini phyllo shells with cheesy goodness. Both of these are ready in under 20 minutes!

Main Course: Put a spin on tradition this year by making some of these easy recipes featuring a Christmastime favorite…ham!

Dessert: Don’t these shooters look beautiful when served on an elegant dessert platter? And with this recipe, your guests won’t feel guilty about indulging in dessert because each one is individually-portioned!

We all know how much Santa loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not put a twist on a holiday favorite and serve up these easy-to-make Mini Cookie Stuffed Pies? You can even use your favorite refrigerated cookie dough!

For more great ideas on easy holiday entertaining, you can check out Easy Home Meals. Don’t forget to take a look at all of the Christmas recipes we have on MrFood.com, too! You’re sure to find your next party hit!

What are some of your favorite entertaining shortcuts?



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