Tuesday, November 27, 2012

12 days of merry {day 1} ~ holiday entertaining tips

12 days of merry is back!  Last year, I decided to do 12 days/posts of holiday-ness.  If you were around last year, you might remember some recipes, diy's, and gift guides.  This year, it will be more of the same except....better.  Well, one can hope.

Day one is a little post about tips for holiday entertaining.  This year I won't be doing much entertaining at my house.  We leave for Ireland on the 17th and my business is taking over my life the next three weeks.  However, I do plan on throwing a small party while in Ireland and I cannot wait.  

I really, really love the holidays.  Thank god it's the week after Thanksgiving...no more crazy looks for blasting the Mariah Carey Christmas album.

My holiday entertaining tips ~ 

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1. You can never have enough ice.  Or alcohol.  The worst thing is when someone wants a beer and you are out.  Whomp whomp.  I am not implying that you need to have enough alcohol to get everyone a little too merry, I just mean have a good variety.  Beer {something basic like Stella}, wine {a few red and a few white}, and a cocktail {I like to do something festive}.

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2. Don't over-do the food.  If you don't cook at all, buy all your snacks at Trader Joes {or somewhere similar} and cookies at a local bakery. If you love to cook, just do a few things and supplement with store bought items.  I have done the "I will make everything myself" parties and they become such a hassle.

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3. Have a small variety of food choices - someone might be a vegetarian, another person cannot eat gluten, a third is a health nut. You get the point....all the snacks don't need to contain meat, dairy, and gluten.  And, include something sweet.  Even a simple bowl of red and green candy or quality store bought Christmas cookies will do.

4. Don't put all the food in one spot.  People looooove to crowd around the food, so place the appetizers in a few different spots.  I personally hate a table packed with random mismatched appetizers that everyone stands over all night.  If you have a friend who would like to help out, ask them to "work" your party and walk the room with trays of appetizers.  That way people can disperse and not crowd around the food.

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5. Make a little something for guests to take home.  A small bag of homemade {or store bought} cookies, spiced nuts, a small plant is a great little memento from the party.

Overall, just have fun!  This is the season to eat, drink, spend time with friends and family, and be a little extra merry.

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1 comment:

  1. Great tip about having food in various places rather than all together. I need to start doing that. Not that we entertain much, but when we do, everyone seems to be at the kitchen island, because that's where all the food is!


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