Holiday Entertaining Party Ideas

December 19, 2011

Tim Laird has compiled several easy ideas in his book "That's Entertaining".

    Tim's Stress Free Suggestions:
  • Begin with a plan by writing down everything you will be serving for you Holiday meal or party
  • Make a timeline of activities and do as much ahead of time as possible
  • Have a signature holiday cocktail ready to serve to get your guests into the spirit
  • Always be a responsible host and offer plenty of alcohol free beverages

Holiday Cocktails: Mistletoe Martini, Hot Apple Pie, SoCo Coco

Holiday Snacks: Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Holiday Centerpiece Idea
Decorating idea with cranberries: Place a candle in a hurricane glass then fill the sides with cranberries for a festive look.

Party Favor/House Gift
Party favors: It's always nice to leave with a little something to remember the evening. Place a basket near the door with party favors so you will remember to give one to each guest on their way out.

Put a couple handfuls of raw chestnuts (purchased at your local grocer at holiday time) in a small brown lunch bag along with a slip of paper with directions on how to roast them.

Roasted Chestnuts - Make a large X in each chestnut with a sharp paring knife, cutting through shell. Roast in a 400-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are tender and the shell comes off easily, peel and enjoy.

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