Start your holiday entertaining engines! It seems like people barely tolerated Halloween this year before completely skipping Thanksgiving and moving right on to Christmas. In any case, the holiday entertaining season is upon us and as long as you do a little holiday party prep, you'll be ready for large parties, last-minute get togethers or even super informal family hangouts. And hopefully remain stress free…
I partnered with Cottonelle via Collectively to share how we keep all our holiday party prep organized.
Nothing welcomes your guests like a cocktail! Well, maybe a hug… Offering a beverage, when your guests arrive, sends the message that you are glad they are there and want them to enjoy themselves. To keep the party drinks easy on yourself, keep the set up simple. Beer and wine are easy to keep on hand. You can buy a bunch at Costco or the grocery store (when you buy 6 bottles, you get a discount!) and keep them on hand for the season. Having extra bottles of wine around is also perfect in case you are invited somewhere and want to bring something to the host. If you think your guests might want a little something more than beer or wine, consider serving a signature cocktail. This way, you only have to have a handful of other ingredients on hand. You won't have to worry about the proper mixers and glassware you would need for a full bar.I'm not the type to throw a complicated dinner party. I prefer to keep things easy with simple appetizers or chips and dips. Trying to coordinate a meal, with all the dishes finishing at the same time, makes me sweaty. I know that I am going to reuse appetizer plates and certain serving pieces at most of my parties so I keep them somewhere they are easy to get to. I have an area in my garage, to keep things at the ready, so each time we have people over I don't have to go searching for anything. Don't hesitate to mix and match your appetizer plates. It adds character when things coordinate but don't match exactly. You can find small white plates at inexpensive stores. When I come across some that are nice looking, I usually try to pick up 4 at a time. That way, over time, you end a bunch of small plates that you can use for all your entertaining throughout the year. Similarly, don't forget to mix and match your glasses! Even though your signature cocktail might traditionally be served in a specific style glass, you are not breaking rules by serving it in something you already have. Like I do with my party plates, I like to pick up unique glasses when I see them. One of the best places to find inexpensive but decorative glasses is your local thrift store. Ikea also has tons of great options. If you have open shelves in your home, you can arrange your glasses, in a styled way, so they are easy to access. Or you can keep them ready in the garage with your plates. Make sure your guests are taken care of where it counts. You don't want to have to keep checking the bathroom to see if the Cottonelle is full (if I'm honest, I always forget to check!). So grab a decorative basket and keep some extras easily accessible for your guests. I don't like to keep the extra rolls under the sink because I know I feel weird about looking in people's things to find the back up. To make it look a little more festive, I tucked a few fresh leaves in the basket. Depending on your basket, there might even be room for you to put a small vase with fresh flowers. The basket and leaves make your extra rolls look intentional, not like you just stuck some on the back of the toilet. Holiday drop-ins are SO much fun, but can leave you scrambling. Just keep some yummy store-bought treats in the cupboard so you have something to easily serve your guests. Or, if you are heading to someone's house unexpectedly, you can take the snacks with you (grab a bottle of wine too!) to keep them from feeling stressed out. Grab a decorative basket, add a pretty napkin or towel and you're leaving a gift AND have taken care of the snacks. These types of crunchy bites are pretty inexpensive and have a long shelf life. They go really well with drinks and can round out your party food without being any extra work. Make sure your home smells like the holidays. We don't usually buy our real Christmas tree until a week or so before the 25th to ensure that it doesn't dry out. But I still like my house to smell delicious and inviting. You can make your house smell party ready by using scented candles, creating a stove-top mix of holiday spices or essential oils. I can still recall a cranberry scented candle my mom had that we brought out every year. That smell embodies the holidays for me. I'm on the hunt for something similar! But in the mean time, I can't get enough of Douglas Fir! But really, these are the only things you need to be holiday party ready. A little bubbly gets people in a celebratory mood (even if it is not an expensive brand!) and a pack (or two) of Cottonelle Mega Rolls will get you through all your holiday entertaining. I keep a bunch of rolls in the house in our pantry area, and have a designated spot in the garage for the overflow. There is nothing worse than running out! These Mega Rolls mean that you have to change the roll less often which is perfect for the holiday party season! With just a few quick trips to the store and a little holiday party prep, you are ready to entertain your friends and family all season and you can enjoy yourself too! Do you love to throw holiday parties? Share your best party prep tip in the comments!
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