The holiday season has arrived: Santa Claus, sleigh rides in the snow, cuddling close next to a fire with a cup of hot chocolate and fond memories of Christmas with our families. Our lives have become so busy these days I think many of us have lost the feeling of Christmas. Instead of buying gifts why not make something your loved one might treasure. Volunteer at a shelter to help those less fortunate. They say their is a reason for the season, lets not forget that. Lets try to put aside our family differences and love one another this holiday season.
Here are some ways to create a festive low stress party
- Provide a holiday spiked punch or mimosas for your guests. Along with a few non-alcoholic drinks such as coffee, fresh juices, or smoothies
- Create a menu that might include quiche, or perhaps a strata. Along with that French toast, sausages and some muffins.
- Don't forget to put out a tray of your home made holiday cookies, and a fruit tray with some indulgent dessert. Who's counting calories its the holidays!
- If you are having a appetizer buffet served as a meal figure about six different appetizers.
- Mix it up and do a few hot items along with some cold. Plan on providing around eight to nine pieces per person.
- Look for some appetizers that can be make ahead of time. A simple a vegetable platter, cubed sausage, cheese and meatballs are easy to make and cut down time spent your kitchen.
- Consider making up place cards for each of your food items. People are inclined to eat something when they know what it is.
- Hosting a cookie exchange lets you sample all kinds of sweet treats.
- Ask your guests to provide one big batch of cookies so that everyone can sample. Use the rest to exchange with others.
- Provide coffee and some cold milk for drinking. Set out gift bags or cookie tins so that your guests can take home their cookies.
- Have your guests provide their cookie recipe so you have a new cookie to try next year.
Bring a donation for charity
- Remember those of us who are less fortunate then us and ask your guests to bring donations to your party.
- Have your guests provide canned food or clothing and find a local charity that might be needing some of these items.
- Set up a table for donations or a covered box for cash and checks.
The holidays can be a stressful time for all of us. These are just a few ways to create a simple Christmas event.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
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