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Holiday Hacks: 5 Secrets to Make Holiday Hosting Easier


We are currently in the thick of holiday parties. All the cooking, cleaning, shopping and planning can put you over the edge. That’s why we’ve created a cheat sheet. Here are five little things that will make a big difference on your special night.


Use a mix of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres

Oven space might be limited, so utilize everything you’ve got. Prepare a refrigerated appetizer like a cheddar cheese ball or roasted red pepper dip paired with pita chips. Slow cookers can literally be used for anything. (Seriously, anything. From homemade candles to crayons to yogurt!). Bonus: your house will smell marvelous! For easy cleanup, line yours with foil. When you’re using the oven, make sure food is table-ready by using transferable, but classic, dishes.


Order in

Yep. You heard us right. Order in the main dish. Pair it with homemade sides to add that ‘made with love’ touch. One idea we love: order in a fancy pizza and and make a homemade winter citrus salad. Another idea: host a potluck. Offer to make the main dish and invite friends to bring a side. This lets your guests showcase something they love to make.


Plan your meal according to what’s in season

Use produce that’s in season. It’ll be cheaper, yummier and easier to find. We put together a list of produce that’s in season during the winter:

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Citrus
  • Dates
  • Kumquats
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnips


Look to little details

Skip the oversized centerpiece and focus rather on small, simple touches. A sprig of rosemary on top of a cloth napkin, baker’s twine wrapped around party favors, petite vases holding individual blooms. We like combining whimsical and modern objects. But, try to stick to one color palette. That way, even though you might use different textures and materials, the simplistic tone remains.


Make a party playlist

One of the trickier elements of your dinner party is the soundtrack. Don’t be afraid to get creative. If you’re noshing over pizza, compile some of Dean Martin’s finest to transport your guests to an Italian-inspired party. Or, add a touch of glamour with some of the classics. Think Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. A neighborhood potluck? Keep things interesting with classic feel-good tunes from every era.

December 27, 2016 by Mainstream Boutique

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