5 Tips for Holiday Hosting

Can you guys believe it’s already December?! It feels like just yesterday we were planning our Thanksgiving menu and now that’s done and gone. Now, Christmas is just a few weeks away and we still have lots we’d like to do.

My question is – will you be doing any Holiday Hosting?

In case you are I have gathered some of my favorite tips and tricks to help out in the kitchen.

1. Plan out the Menu in Advance

Nothing can be more difficult than figuring out what to feed a bunch of people during the holidays last-minute!! Instead, make a list several weeks in advance based off the likes/dislikes of those attending as well as food allergies and traditional food items that most are used to having.  A few things to think about… if you are wanting to use a new recipe, be sure to try it out before your event. It may not turn out as good as you thought it might and you don’t want to be stuck serving something you, yourself, didn’t like. Also, planning out the menu forces you to make sure you have all the ingredients for your recipes, which you want to make sure you have. You don’t want to be frustrated the day of when you realize you are out of butter or another important ingredient.

2. Make assignment for the Menu

Let people help!! Yes, it’s sometimes nice to have everything taken care of by the host, but if that’s the case they are not only cooking all the food but preparing their home which takes a lot of time and cleaning. If you let someone bring an assignment, not only does it make them feel like they are helping out a bit, but most important, it helps you!! If you are particular about the food, at least let a few guests bring drinks or paper goods.

3. Make room in the fridge in advance

Make sure you have plenty of room to hold all of your food before your event. Be sure to clean out the fridge a week in advance to ensure this. Not only will you need room for all the groceries you buy the few days leading up to your event, but once items are prepared they need to be refrigerated until served.

4. Make a List

Lists help you to remember things. Not only will this help at the grocery store, but it will also remind you of all the things that need to be done. Be sure to make notes for yourself of when to turn the oven on or when to start getting drinks ready. It also comes in handy when “helpers” are there and they can still see what needs to be done.

5. Don’t plan other events around your Holiday Event

If you want to enjoy yourself and stay sane in an already insane month, try to limit the “extra” things you have to do around the time you are hosting your party. Everyone wants to have an enjoyable time including the host, and to make sure that happens you don’t want to be running around like a crazy person because you also signed up to bring goodies into little Timmy’s class as well as be in charge of the School Christmas performance decorations that need to be set up the next day. Just make sure your event is at a time where you have nothing else going. It will definitely help you to focus on the event as well as not get as stressed out about it.

With all these tips in mind, I want to know what tips you have for holiday hosting!

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  1. 1

    Have a potluck so all your friends help you with all the hard work!

  2. 2

    Keep it simple! and use disposable plates – no one wants to do dishes :)

  3. 3

    During the holidays several families may gather for a few days or up to a week. I would make assignments to clean the kitchen after meals. Maybe put a couple of sister in laws and a brother in law in charge the first time, and then rotate through everyone, so everyone gets a turn to help. It’s not fun when the hostess makes the meal, and then cleans up alone each time.

  4. 4
    Rachael Werth :

    Plan the menu ahead of time

  5. 5

    I’ve never thought about Elf Hat Cookies before !!!

  6. 6

    I always take all the help Icahn get!!

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