Play hostess without losing your cool: here are our surefire tips to throwing (and enjoying) your own holiday dinner party.
…because this time of the year is all about being with the people you love (while enjoying good grub).
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This time of year is magical. While Christmas spirit could be the cause of such magic, it’s also the sense of togetherness that brings on a different kind of cheer. The holidays seem to open-up everyone’s busy schedules, allowing us to visit loved ones near and far.
Playing hostess doesn’t need to be stressful. When I realized that several of my friends had a common Saturday free, I knew it was time to take action and host a holiday dinner party.
Our Best Tips for Hosting a Holiday Dinner Party
Once I confirmed a headcount, I turned to my trusty notepad (I’m a little old-fashioned in this sense) and wrote out lists: my menu plans, ingredients needed, and scheduling.
Purchase ingredients and supplies in advance. Have a game plan for your big day. You’ll only want to focus on cooking and setting up – not running last-minute errands.
Be considerate of your guests. Ask attendees in advance about any dietary restrictions. I have friends who range from non-gluten to vegetarians, and I made sure my menu reflected this. (P.S. I opted for a buffet-style setup to give my guests a choice. It keeps things more casual and people are more comfortable in taking what they actually like.)
Give your dining table a holiday makeover. I added elements without going too kitschy: a gorgeous plaid table runner, rustic-wooden placemats, and simple centrepieces gave my table the holiday boost that it needed. In fact, I turned to Linen Chest for all of my decor needs. Their holiday selection adheres to so many themes: from rustic-chic to bright, shiny, and elegant!
You read right: skip the baking. And yes, this is coming directly from yours truly – Little Miss Sweet Tooth and self-proclaimed cookie enthusiast.
Let me tell you why.
Baking can take F O R E V E R.
I bake on a regular basis, so I wanted to go out of my element and homecook all of our main dishes instead (yup, everything from scratch).
But still, I didn’t want to skip out entirely on the sweet table. At this point, my friends come over expecting there to be desserts.
So, I turned to Première Moisson.
Première Moisson’s product offering is impressive all-year long. I swear, Leo can guzzle-up their chocolatines one dozen at a time.
When I caught glimpse of their holiday collection, I just knew it had to be a part of my party.
I filled my sweet table with their Chocolate Vanilla Reindeer, Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Ornament, Santa’s Sleigh, and their Square Brioche Loaf with Fruits and Almonds. Each bite of each dessert felt like Christmas magic in itself. If you’re looking to amaze your guests with an impressive dessert table, then Première Moisson is the way to go.
What’s best is that ordering with them is as easy as 1-2-3. In fact, you can place your order online and choose to pick up at the Première Moisson of your choice. For my holiday dinner party, I pre-ordered everything so that Joe could pick it all up in the morning. Everything was very well packaged so I was able to slip most things into the refrigerator and take them out only once it was dessert time.
Safe to say, Première Moisson’s sweet treats took the spotlight that night.
Psst: if you want to place an order, just visit their website (and grab your drool bib because everything looks delicious!)
Whether it’s with prep work or clean-up, having a friend lend a hand will speed-up the process. Of course, my bestie was with me from start to finish, ensuring that my holiday dinner party was a success.
Growing up, whenever my mom had guests over, she would always bring out mints towards the end of the night. To follow in her footsteps, I decided to hand out party favours filled with PUR gum. Our family always chews on their gum since they’re aspartame-free and are made with high-quality ingredients.
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I couldn’t be more proud with how everything turned out! Now, time for a nap!
How do you do holiday dinner parties? Do you usually play host or guest?