Reclaim Your Hostess Status This Christmas
Tackling a holiday feast is no easy task. From planning, headcounts, to cooking start times and more, there is a fine art to preparing this traditional and highly anticipated dinner. If your festivities fell short this year, come back in full force with a holiday celebration that will knock the socks off your family and friends. Here are a few tricks to make it all just a little bit easier:
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
First off, yes, the pun was intended! Second, just because you will be the host with the most, don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends to make contributions, large and small. Long gone are the days of spending two days in the kitchen preparing for 15 people to devour their food in less than 30 minutes. Delegate appetizers, sides and desserts to those in attendance.
For years, I was assigned to bring an appetizer to any family gathering. I quickly realized that my cooking skills were less than trustworthy, therefore, I usually opted for a store-bought option as my contribution. However, my dad makes a to-die-for vegan butternut squash soup which was highly requested for each celebration, so it’s usually what gets consumed first anyway!
Raise the Bar from Drab to Fab
The food isn’t the only thing people will notice at your holiday dinner. Décor can play an equal role of importance when hosting an impressive holiday event. If you wow your guests from start (with a gorgeous wreath) through dinner (with a stunning centerpiece) and to the finish (with a delectable dessert display) your guests will have a lasting impression of the entire event.
Keep the Drinks Flowing
Whether hosting an impressive selection of wines, or an array of family-friendly mocktails, create a signature drink for your affair to accompany your standard selection. Here are 12 seasonal adult concoctions to get your creative juices flowing.
Highlight your drink of choice by setting it front and center at your beverage station as well as having several glasses prepared in advance to hand to guests as they enter the room. If there will be a mix of drinkers and non-drinkers in attendance, consider featuring similar (but easily identifiable) alcoholic and non-alcoholic signature drinks. But don’t forget to have the standard beverage selections on hand too, just in case!
Go Out on a High Note
With the dinner responsibilities delegated and every detail beautifully decorated you can focus your attention on the final event: dessert. Now, if Great Aunt Susie has a family favorite dessert, don’t be the Grinch who denies the family their familiar family sweet. Simply incorporate your own flair to the mix. Who knows, it may become a new family favorite. If your recipe catalog is lacking in the dessert department, take a gander at these top holiday treats. Or, if you aren’t a baker, order up a dozen vegan cupcakes from your favorite local bakery.
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What’s your favorite holiday party or dinner tip?