How many hours did you spend planning your family’s Thanksgiving festivities? Did you have a hard time keeping your eyes open once you were finally able to sit down to the meal you spent weeks planning? I have family and friends who enjoy the stress of the holidays, the planning, shopping, cooking, entertaining, and the overall hustle bustle of it all. I, on the other hand, like to keep it simple, well…. as simple as it can be.
With the holiday season now in full swing, I’ve put together a list of ideas to help you entertain with ease and allow you to enjoy every minute of the season without all the stress:
- Effortless entertaining: rather than planning elaborate dinner parties, assemble an appetizer party. Shop at a store that offers everything on your list so you can make it a one-stop shopping day. Your list should include an abundance of olives, cheeses, chips, crackers, dips and frozen hors d’ oeuvres, as well as a few bottles of bubbly juices and waters. And don’t forget festive napkins and cups. You’ll be ready for a fun cocktail party or drop-in visits from neighbors and friends.
- How about a dessert party? Purchase a variety of cake mixes (white, vanilla, spice, chocolate) and a bundt cake pan. Stock up on all the basics (eggs and oil) and powdered sugar for dusting the finished product. Just think, in less than an hour you can prepare an elegant dessert. Bundt cakes are easy and can be made pretty and fun with whipped creams, warmed pie filling or everyone’s favorite — hot fudge sauce.
- Watch a festive flick! Every holiday season there’s usually a favorite holiday movie released on DVD and available at your favorite department store and/or on Netflix. If you haven’t already done so, start a collection of holiday movies. When guests visit, pop and string popcorn and watch a holiday movie or two.
Remember, the holidays are for enjoying time with family and friends. Stress doesn’t have to be a part of the fun. Make new traditions, and more importantly, make memories that you get to enjoy as much as all of your guests will. There’s nothing better than relaxing and soaking up the fun of the holiday. If you are looking for activities that require a little planning, give the activities director at your community a call for ideas that can help you take the stress out of entertaining for the holiday.
Tell us how you plan to enjoy a stress-free holiday season this year. Send your plans via the comment box and we’ll post them for others to read.