Tuesday, December 11

Christmas Entertaining

Host a hassle-free holiday gathering with these smart tips.

* Let the smells of Christmas hit your guests as soon as they arrive. Keep a pot of mulled apple cider on the stove so the first thing you smell is a delightful mixture of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. You can also set up a "potpourri" in a slow-cooker. Toss some sliced oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and allspice berries into some water and leave the slow-cooker uncovered on low.

* Plan in advance for what you'll need over a number of days. Make extra large batches of items like spiced nuts, salad dressing or gingerbread cake to save time later when hosting more informal celebrations.

* Buffets are a great way to manage feeding a crowd. Get as much done as you can the day before and focus on foods that can be eaten at room temperature so you can simply unwrap and serve.

* Whether you're eating at the table or buffet-style, focus on foods such as roasts or casseroles that take a while to cook, but won't require your constant attention in the kitchen.

* Solve your dessert dilemma by asking everyone to bring a batch of their favorite Christmas cookie (or pie or cake or trifle). Your guests can show off their best recipes and everyone will enjoy the variety.

Source: Food Network


VerĂ£o said...

Hey Wenchie! I am so impressed with your blog! So much content! Keep it up!

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Wenchie. Great tips. I'm having some friends over next week and your advices are greatly appreciate. Take care.

rowena said...

Hi Pinky, thanks for the visit.

Hi Rachel, am glad you can use the tips on this post. Have fun with your get-together. Take care my dear.

julie said...

Hi Wenchie! Nice tips, buti na lang, wala kami mga guests, hehehe!

I hope I can see you tomorrow at the party. Sana I could convince hubby to go there.


Rowena said...

Hi Julie, come na lang here at home if you like...mag party tayo. Btw, we missed you and Julian at the CFA xmas party.