With the arrival of the holidays, it brings a lot of joy, excitement and a dire need of planning.
Holiday entertaining should be simple, but sometimes we don’t make it easy on ourselves. We have compiled a list of holiday entertaining in just 5 easy steps. We are here for all your holiday needs; Kitchen Kettle Village has got you covered!
- Invite your family and friends.
If you are hosting the party, be sure to extend an invitation to your guests. Whether it’s a card, a phone call or a group message, we need everyone to know where the party’s at! If they choose to bring something, be sure to make a note of it and add it to your mental menu for now.
- Establish what will be on the menu.
Deciding what will be on the menu isn’t too hard for the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are always very similar, and we know you have special annual traditions that are to be expected. Think of what people have volunteered to make and bring first. Then, write down what you are going to have for dinner and dessert, so you can plan out the small details later.
- Make a list of supplies you will need, and make a trip to the store.
First and foremost, LISTS are your best friend! Making a list of what you will need should include groceries for food prep, drinks, holiday serving ware and anything in between (like household items). The sooner you get your list together, the earlier you can start gathering things together and plan for your big holiday event.
- Stage your house for some good ole entertaining and get cooking.
Begin your day with cooking what needs to be chilled and baking whatever needs the most time. Save the small and easy menu items towards the end when guests are to arrive. Set the table with dinner plates, serving ware and drinking glasses so it’s all ready to go for when your guests arrive. Move around any furniture so you have plenty of comfortable open space for everyone to converse and mingle.
- Make/find the perfect holiday playlist.
A holiday party is not a party if there is NO MUSIC! Find a playlist or create one whether its on your phone or using a free music playing platform like Pandora. Some easy tunes could be smooth holiday jazz, old classic Christmas tunes or some modern-day Christmas music like Michael Bublé or Harry Connick Jr (my favorites).
Now you are all set for your holiday soiree! Following these simple steps may relieve some stress and keep you on track for hosting one memorable get-together. Don’t forget to visit our website at kitchenkettlevillage.com to place your online order for any holiday needs! It is also the season of giving, so be sure to get everyone on your list and check out our gift packages. We hope you have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year as well!