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.