The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Entertaining Tips

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Day Two of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year link up.  While I don't necessarily entertain myself (read: my apartment is super small!), I have a few tips in the back of my mind for when the time comes that I can entertain again!

1.  Make ahead.  If there is anything you can prepare ahead of time, do it.  From making whole meals to cutting and chopping what you can to then assemble before company arrives - whatever you can do helps!  One time I was having girls over for dinner, and I got stuck in terrible traffic going home.  But, because I thought ahead, I had already prepared the lasagna I was going to serve the night before, and just had to pop it in the oven.  So while I was late, it didn't really matter!  Same with book club - if I can make what I am bringing ahead of time, I do, or at least what I can.  I made Shay's Pumpkin Spice Latte bundt cake the night before, then right before I left, I made the icing.  Things just go a little smoother if you aren't scrambling at the last minute if something comes up, and it allows you to focus more on having fun, than getting things ready!

2.  Don't do it all yourself.  Often times people will offer to help, and it's always nice to take them up on it!  Whether it be bringing wine, or dessert, it's one less thing you have to worry about.

3.  Set out snacks.  Growing up, whenever we had family over, we almost always had some type of snacks set out to nibble on before the meal.  Usually it was trail mix, little chocolate bars, and nuts.  Super simple and easy!

4.  Not everything needs to be homemade.  I love to cook and bake, but sometimes purchasing something pre-made, can really help you out.  I think it is Barefoot Contessa who has this rule and she is one of the queens of entertaining!

5.  Keep things accessible for your guests.  If it's a casual get together, it's always great to have everything out in one place.  Plates, cups, utensils, napkins - that way your guests can help themselves and not feeling like they are bothering you, asking for something.  Same with coasters, bottle openers and cork screws.  

Linking up with Victoria, Sarah, Lindsay and Whitney.
   

9 comments

  1. I think make ahead so you're not stressed is so important! Love these tips. Have a sweet day pretty lady!

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  2. Agreed with the not everything needs to be homemade tip! So true!

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  3. Yes to making ahead and to not make everything yourself. I've never thought about setting out snacks, so next time I host an actual dinner, I'll have little snacks set out. Great idea!!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  4. Making ahead is THE BEST tip. I'm all about doing everything in advance! It's so much less stressful the day of if you can do everything else prior to the party!

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  5. YES to making whatever you can ahead! Helps so much!

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  6. Great tips! I need to repeat them to myself.

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  7. Such good tips! I love the make ahead and not everything has to be homemade. Those are life savers. I also like to do things that are easy clean up like - solo cups or throw away sturdy plates to save on the amount of dishes I have to do later.

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  8. Yes to all of these winderful tips!! Love to help guests help themselves!!

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  9. I keep posting comments from my phone, but they aren't posting on people's sites! Bummer! I need to figure out what is going on! Our lists are practically the same! I love making things ahead, have learned not to do it all myself and that everything doesn't have to be homemade! I love your idea about setting out snacks for people to munch on. I think you gave me an idea of putting some Chex mix and puppy chow on the tables for Christmas. We do serve yourself, so the meal isn't actually on the table. I think I will add a variety of mixes and snacks instead!

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