Hosting for the Holidays

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For most people, the holidays are the happiest time of the year, however, for the hostess, it can oftentimes be the most stressful. We’re here to share our favorite tips and tricks for being the hostess with the mostess. Keep reading!


In the days leading up to your guest's arrival, start preparing food ahead of time. Some of our favorite make-ahead items include soups and ready-to-bake cookies. Not only does this allow you more time to spend with your guests but you also don’t have the stress of entertaining and cooking at the same time. 


The holidays are about spending time with loved ones, not about being cooped up in the kitchen doing the dishes after a meal. Instead of using fancy dinnerware, opt for paper plates and plastic utensils instead. It’s not the fanciest, but it sure is practical, especially if you’re feeding a lot of mouths. 


If you have family or friends staying with you, it‘s a good idea to stock up on some of their favorite dry goods such as cereal, as this relieves you of the pressure of cooking every meal. This goes for drinks as well, make sure your fridge is full of their favorite beer, wine, and soda.


Don’t be afraid to ask for help, cooking for a group is a lot of work. Assign each guest to bring a dish, including appetizers and dessert, and serve your dinner potluck-style. This allows everyone to get involved and show off their specialty dish. 


Don’t forget to enjoy yourself through all the stress, it is the season to be merry after all. Whether you unwind with a glass of wine or take a moment for yourself in your room, don’t let the stress take away from all the fun. 


We hope this helped ease the nerves of hosting. We hope you have a very happy holiday season, Velo residents!

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