Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Entertaining Tips

Welcome to the holidays!  Many of us turn our thoughts to entertaining during the holidays, while others shrug at the notion ~ I used to strive to be the Martha Stewart hostess to the point of exhaustion, but as the years have passed, I've learned that I would much rather be with my guests and enjoy their company than be a slave to cookie trays.

So, that being said, I encourage all of you to open your doors to others and invite them in, even for a cup of tea or a glass of wine.  We live in such a fast paced society. the gift of time is the best gift you can give anyone.

Tip #1 is to remember to breathe ~ yes, don't let yourself get in a panic over someone coming to your home.  You enjoy going to their home, don't you?  No one is there to notice the dust balls!

Tip #2 is to remember that these are your friends ~ they care about you, and it would be nice to share with them.

Tip #3 is to know the fastest route to the closest grocery store.  Don't think that everything has to be homemade.  Anymore I think that the grocers do almost as good a job as I would anyway ... so enjoy the freedom.

Tip #4 is to find one or two things that you really enjoy serving and try to keep them on hand or in the freezer to pull out at the opportune time that the doorbell is about to ring.  Bottles of wine keep well, as do ice cream balls rolled in pecans ~ put one in a fancy bowl or glass and pour chocolate sauce over it and voila!

Tip #5 is to remember that the holidays are about giving ~ slow down the pace and enjoy the journey!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah,

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