A Holiday Entertaining Tip for the Lazy Hostess

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party-planningOk so maybe I am not totally a lazy entertainer.  But I much prefer the pre-party planning to the actual hosting of the party.  I love to peruse magazines for food inspiration.  I make list after list of the things I need to purchase or craft.  Often this can be accompanied by a cocktail.  Perhaps it is one that I am doing a test run of for said party.  Perhaps not.  Don’t judge.  I like all things party planning.  I tolerate set up (as long as things run smoothly) but by the time the guests arrive, I’m pretty well over the whole thing and ready to move on to the next one.  I still want to make sure that my guests are taken care of, I just don’t want to have to only focus on that all night long.  I mean, what good is having all those yummy appetizers if you don’t have the time to enjoy some of them yourself?

cottonelle holidaysOne thing I ALWAYS forget to do is check the bathroom throughout the party to ensure that my guests are taken care of in the toilet paper department.  Somehow that always falls through the party execution cracks.  And there is nothing more embarrassing for you or your guests than to have to have that awkward discussion about where the extra rolls are.  Talk about a buzz kill.  I’m trying to enjoy my delicious spiced cranberry cocktail and now someone wants me to traipse through the house with toilet paper?  Classy.  But I draw the line at plopping a package in the bathroom.  Hot tip: Find Cottonelle‘s Triple Rolls.  Yes, you read that right.  Triple Rolls.  I picked mine up at Target.  They even have a coupon right now for a free box of Kleenex tissue (another party staple) with the purchase of the Cottonelle Triple Roll 12 pack or larger (While supplies last).  While the package is nice looking, I still don’t want to just leave it sitting out.

stack toilet paper like a treeSo I decided to stack extra rolls in to the shape of a Christmas tree.  Cute, right?  I mean if you are going to leave a bunch of toilet paper out in the bathroom, you might as well try to theme it.  And remember these are triple rolls.  If you need more than  6 extra rolls something is probably terribly wrong and you should seek medical attention for your guests.

stack-toilet-paper-before-the-holiday-partyAnd to take it one step further.  I used a holiday stamp, created by Lauren, to add a little bit of holiday spirit to the rolls.  I hate when people use ink to customize napkins and things that quite clearly you will be using to clean up with.  I don’t want to rub ink all over my face.  That being said, if you stamp on the very first square on the roll, it won’t be too wasteful for your guests to just remove it prior to use.  Or else it will get wadded up and not get ink, you know, anywhere.

hard-candy-christmasNow that you have the bathroom covered, the other trick I have to share is to set out dishes of holiday candy (some nostalgic, some modern) around the party.  That way if you run out of food (because I never remember to check that either), there are little things for the guests to nibble on.  And when people have something in their mouths they are less likely to complain.

The Pantry at OC Mart Mix is full of Hearts and Parties!

I am so excited to tell you that those amazing heart shaped forks/knives/scoops, Heart Parts, you saw at my son’s birthday party are now available to purchase in Orange County!  No waiting or paying for shipping!  You can actually go and check out the colors in person to see what would match your party best.  The colors are extra gorgeous in person!   I got to meet the gorgeous, Fatima (above), creator of the hearts a few weeks ago.  She is amazing.  I don’t want to gush but I left there so happy and inspired and wishing she lived here.

This product is really genius.  But Fatima’s desire to create these forks was more than just aesthetic.  Go read the story behind these amazing forks here if you haven’t already.  She totally inspires me to think about what I really want to be creating.  I have no restrictions and can be as thoughtful and artsy with things as I want.  So I hope you will keep reading when I branch out a little and explore.

These awesome hearts can be found at The Pantry (formerly The Wedding Pantry) in their new location.  I just recently got to check out the space and if you haven’t been yet, you must put it on your calendar.  They have expanded in to more specialty party items instead of just wedding focused items.  I was able to use up the last of my green and white paper stripes because I knew that The Pantry had more if I needed them.  I’m odd like that.  I don’t like to be without the extra cute stuff.  I mean, what if I needed green and white striped straws like, tomorrow?!  The Pantry has them, phew!  And now they carry the Heart Parts!  You don’t need a party for this utensils.  They are perfect for kid’s lunch boxes, in the car, wherever! How amazing are the colors?  These hearts make me smile.  So go pick some up!  I’m sure you will “heart” them too!


And in case you didn’t know, The Pantry is holding a Birthday Party Bootcamp event!  See the full details above or go to The Pantry blog to learn more.  I can see that a lot of my go-t0 party vendors are participating (Meringue Bake Shop and Dez and Tam are the BEST!)  Go check it out.  It sounds super fun!