Easy Holiday Party Tips
Between cooking, decorating and shopping, holidays can be completely overwhelming; but they don’t have to be! Whether it’s a small family gathering or a huge holiday party, there are tons of ways to cut costs and stress during this busy season. So if you plan on entertaining, try some of these easy tips to save money and stay sane.
Home décor and more:
- Plan ahead of time where people will sit for dinner and other family events so that you won’t have to worry about last minute furniture rearrangements.
- If you’re not sure how to decorate your house for company, try putting out several festive candles and light them just before your guests arrive. Your house will smell amazing and look wonderful, too!
- Check online for deals before you go grocery shopping so that you can be less stressed about holiday expenses at the checkout counter.
- Designate a kitchen crew! Too many cooks in the kitchen can do more harm than good, so have three or four people volunteer to help prepare food and order everyone else out! You could have people switch off on kitchen duty by passing off special “kitchen duty” aprons.
Make for easy cleanup:
- Stock up on disposable cutlery, cups, and plates to make cleanup a breeze. You won’t have to worry about an overly full dishwasher or doing dishes by hand! Plastic covers on tables would also be a great way to reduce some of the cleanup time after your big holiday dinner.
- Have a pen on hand so that your family members can mark plastic drink cups as their own. You could also buy cup tags for non-disposable cups to keep some of the confusion out of the holidays.
- Cook dishes ahead of time. Look for quick and easy dinner recipes that hold up well in the fridge, or simply prep the dish the night before so all you have to do on the day of the party is bake it.
Keeping kids busy:
- Buy several gingerbread house kits so that kids can decorate the house however they want to. It will keep them amused so that you are free to entertain.
- If you want something else on hand to keep the kids busy, have a kids’ craft corner where kids can make cute ornaments. Designate one adult to help teach kids how to make the ornaments, or, if the kids are older, simply leave an instruction sheet with the craft supplies. One example of easy homemade ornaments would be pinecone ornaments. Use real pinecones that kids can decorate by applying glue and glitter to the pinecones’ edges. Tie a pipe cleaner around each pinecone to use as a hook.
- If your kitchen has enough room, then you could also keep the little ones busy with easy kid friendly recipes like the one below.
Peanut Butter Popcorn Munch
1 bag Butter Microwave Popcorn
1 cup tiny pretzel twists
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 tablespoons Parkay Original Spread-tub
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugarDirections
- Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels. Combine popped corn and pretzels in a large bowl.
- Microwave peanut butter and Parkay in a small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until melted; stir to blend. Drizzle mixture evenly over popcorn mixture and then toss in order to coat the popcorn.
- Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar over popcorn mixture and toss the mixture again. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in tightly sealed container
Author Bio: Brittany writes about frugal living and dinner ideas on behalf of Ready Set Eat. For more seasonal ideas like leftover turkey recipes or no-bake desserts, visit www.readyseteat.com.