It’s officially Christmas and your social calendar is filling up quickly. Chances are, you’ll probably have to do some holiday entertaining yourself and stress levels are rising. Well you don’t need 12 Drummers Drumming and 11 Pipers Piping to host a hearty, satisfying Christmas dinner party. Here are some tips to simplify your holiday entertaining this year:
1) Don’t decorate the whole space.
If you’re like me, then you like it when it looks like Christmas threw up in your house. But you don’t need the festive couch cushions and themed plates to have a holly jolly time. You really only need to spend time on one or two focal points. If you have a mantel, then concentrate on that. A pretty holiday table centerpiece can also give your space the festive feels without being overbearing. Start with some moody fresh florals, throw in some candles, fill the gaps with some fall fruit and call it a day.
2) Only clean where your guests will be.
There’s no point in deep cleaning your closet when your guests probably won’t be lounging in there. Tidy up the main spaces where your guests will be. This usually means the living and dining room, bathroom, and kitchen. Scrubbing down the rest of your home might just be a waste of time, better spent doing something else.
3) Minimize your table setting.
Sometimes, you don’t need a different cutlery for every bite of food. A plate, a fork, and a knife go a long way for the main course. If you’re plating dessert, use a smaller plate and spoon to serve it. Matte black plates help modernize your place setting (Ikea usually has these and they’re affordable). Mixed metals silverware will also bring in an understated festive element.
4) Create a foolproof cheeseboard instead of hot food appetizers.
We’ve seen enough of the Instagram posts, but cheeseboards are easy to put together and require no cooking. Get 3-4 different cheeses, usually one soft cheese, one semi-soft, and one hard. It’s good to have variety. I’m not that adventurous so I stick to the milder flavours. It’s brie, gouda, and a log of herb coated goat cheese for me. You can always ask for help when picking out cheeses at the deli — they’re experts. Use crackers and bread that won’t overpower the flavours of the cheeses, such as water crackers. Accompany the cheeseboard with olives, prosciutto, and nuts and make sure the cheese is room temperature before serving. There really is no right or wrong when putting together a cheeseboard, but it makes you look real sophisticated.
5) Ditch the figgy pudding and have s’mores for dessert.
Put out some bowls with Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate (the good kind — it’s Christmas). Give each of your guests a skewer and gather ’round telling stories of Christmases past. Now, if you want to be fancy, you can purchase a Pu Pu Platter. It’s a mini Hibachi grill that comes with compartments to place all your s’more essentials. The more common way to roast marshmallows inside is using ethanol gel cans. Tea lights will probably work just as well. Serve a cup of hot cocoa on the side and you’re good to go!