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7 Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party

Hosting a holiday party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are a few tips that will help you make sure that you have as much fun at the party as your guests!

Use make-ahead appetizers.

Don’t try to cook each dish the day of the party.  Keep your main dishes gourmet but save some time by creating simple appetizers the night before that you can easily reheat right before your guests arrive.

Set up a self-serve drink bar.

You don’t want to spend the entire evening serving drinks to your guests. Set up a self-serve drink table in a room off to the side. Use one table for cocktails and the other table for non-alcoholic beverages so adults and kids don’t get confused.

Ask your guests to bring a dish.

Ask your guests to bring their favorite side, dessert or bottle of wine to your holiday party to save you time and money, but to also keep the food options interesting!

Don’t be afraid to order some pre-made sides.

There is nothing wrong with cooking the main course and ordering the sides from a restaurant or purchasing them pre-made from the grocery store. Just make sure to put it in your own bowl, hide the evidence and nobody will know the difference!

Don’t forget the kid food.

Children typically don’t enjoy things like green bean casserole or squash, so make sure there are some kid-friendly items on the menu like, smokie sausages, crescent rolls, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes.

Have food for all diets.

Some of your guests may have food allergies, be sure to ask these guests their food restrictions in advance and make sure none of their food becomes contaminated.

Keep the kids occupied.

Make a separate table and area for the kids on your invite list.  Provide them with placemats to color, a gingerbread house contest or cookie decorating center to keep them occupied.

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