Relax, You Got This
Everyone knows that hosting the holidays can take your stress level from 0 to 60. And, here in South Florida, the “hosting season” usually goes until spring with friends and neighbors from up north are in town. But, don’t worry, with careful planning and these tips, you can enjoy this holiday and winter entertaining season just as much as your guests.
Make a List
Perhaps the ultimate way to create a stress-free holiday is to live by a list. Plan ahead, and don't be afraid to delegate. Asking guests to help with a party-related task makes them feel more involved, so never be afraid to ask.
Do as much ahead of time as possible. Soups and stews are the ultimate winter and holiday food — they'll feed a crowd. And many recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer until party day.
You'll never run out of nibbles if you shop with an aim to entertain. Stock your pantry with a selection of cookies and crackers. Consider purchasing nuts in bulk — which can be mixed together, tossed with maple syrup and cooked in a pan until they caramelize. Serve them with drinks or chop and scatter around a cheese platter. Long-lasting jars of tapenade and pesto make an impressive dip when placed in a pretty bowl.
Keep it Tidy
The best holiday host isn't necessarily the one who lives in the world's cleanest house. Got one messy room? Just close the door and turn off the lights and guests won't go in. A touch of clutter? Consider keeping one bin or drawer empty to sweep papers into when unexpected guests arrive. You can save your filing for when the party is over.
For a casual holiday party, don't feel compelled to seat guests around a dinner table. If you've got a lot of company, a buffet may be a better way. Buffets are the most efficient way to serve a lot of people, but be sure to pull the table away from the wall so that there are four sides available to people, otherwise lines form and people can't get to the food easily.
Open Your House or Your Patio
Too many friends and family to host at one time? Have an open house and let them know they can drop by anytime between certain hours on one special day. Your guests will appreciate the flexibility and you'll gain quality time with the ones you love. And, here in South Florida, you can entertain your guests on the patio or lanai. This makes for easy set up and clean up.
Don’t stress over hosting. It can be easy and fun.
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