Whether we’re thumbing through the latest issue of Real Simple for entertaining tips or clicking through recipes on Pinterest, one thing is for sure—we’re all looking for ideas for our holiday menus and ways to make the most of our time with family and friends!
Looking for ways to lighten up the day-of list of to-dos? With a little extra planning and preparation, you can ensure that you get to slow down and savor your favorite holiday moments. Make the most of your family time – consider a few of the following tips when planning your holiday gathering:
- Set the Table: Have your table set in advance of your guests arriving. This is one less thing you have to worry about as you get closer to mealtime, and it will make guests feel more welcome to sit at the table instead of lingering in your kitchen!
- Snack Time is Good: A few appetizers prior to mealtime will take the pressure off of you to get everything on the table immediately. Set food out in the dining room area or other areas of your home to encourage guests to mingle.
- Share the Menu: If guests offer to bring a dish, let them! Family and friends are often more than happy to pitch in and bring a dish, so draft a list of what you need and assign a dish to each guest who is willing to lend a hand.
- Prep in Advance: If there are items you can prepare the night before, do so. Even better, opt for convenient holiday items that will make dessert time special, such as Marie Callender’s Peppermint Pie. The new, limited edition Peppermint Pie embraces the chill of winter with a delicious cookie crust filled with cool, refreshing peppermint filling and topped with a double ring of creamy whipped topping and rich chocolate curls. Simply let it thaw in advance of your holiday gathering.
What’s your favorite holiday tip? Comment below!
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