Holidays are the perfect time of year to welcome friends and family into your home! Whether you’ll have company staying with you, or you’re on to host a holiday party, we’ve pulled together a few quick holiday entertaining tips to help!
It’s a busy season, and having overnight guests can add to your to-do list. But, keeping things simple can help manage the stress. Have a few ideas in your back pocket to keep everyone entertained – these ideas are great for a group to go out and do or as suggestions for your guests to explore our great city on their own!
As for preparing your home, it’s nice to provide fresh linens and have toiletries available for use. And, if you have time to clear a drawer or add some extra hangers, that’s great, too! Show your guests around when they arrive – if they feel comfortable to help themselves, that’s even easier for you!
We all spend extra time in the kitchen this time of year, but every meal doesn’t need to be a fancy spread! Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests by planning ahead for a few easy meals. Think of food that feeds a crowd – lasagna/bread/salad, chili/toppings/cornbread, soups/sandwiches or a taco bar! Meals like these often provide leftovers that make for quick lunches, too. A win-win!
If you want to keep it REALLY simple, carry in! You can place orders ahead with restaurants like Olive Garden, your favorite Chinese restaurants and more. This is a good option if guests want to contribute to a meal as well. Everyone can chip in and have a yummy meal with little effort!
Fun Apps & Drinks
Appetizers are also perfect for holiday entertaining! In fact, you can make a meal out of a few apps, salad/soup and a sweet for your guests. For those of you hosting holiday parties or attending events and need to bring an app, check out these quick snacks – from hot appetizer options to nacho recipes, you’ll find something that catches your eye!
And don’t forget about drinks! Have a variety available to guests, including mixers and fun non-alcohol options. If you’re feeling extra festive, here are some signature holiday drinks to consider! We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!