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Preparing Your First Holiday Meal

Hosting your first big holiday meal can be a crazy time, even for an experienced entertainer. It’s not just about throwing a party, you're cooking a meal for the people you love most in this world. While you might be feeling the pressure, try not to stress. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

Prep Your House Weeks Ahead of Time

  • You don’t have to buy expensive decorations, look for affordable ways to decorate and add greenery to make the perfect holiday touch.

Stock Up

  • Once you have your list of all ingredients, do a quick inventory of your fridge and pantry to cross off items you already have. Don’t forget to double check for things like condiments, spices, paper goods, drinks, silverware and everyday items that you may need over the next few days. This will help minimize trips to the store.

Consider Buying Pre-Cut Veggies

  • Saving a little time on prepping veggies is an easy trick. Buy vegetables that are already washed, peeled and cut instead of buying the whole produce. This can save you time and is worth the money.

Don’t Buy All New Appliances

  • If you’re worried that your oven is too small, plan a cooking schedule ahead of time. This will help you feel less stressed, especially when you have to bake four different items on that day.

Pinterest Can Help

  • Serving size guides

  • Table etiquette

  • Diagrams

  • Grocery lists with staple ingredients

  • Conversation starters

A few weeks before the event, narrow down all of your ideas, get some ideas on Pinterest!

Be Smart When Stocking the Bar

  • Liquor stores can often order wine by the case from their distributor, making it cheaper for you. Just call and order ahead of time.

Go The Extra Mile

  • DIY party favors are always a big hit, it can make it easy for you to leave a lasting impression without breaking the bank.

Most importantly, take your time, eat and enjoy! Be sure to take the time to actually enjoy and share the meal you have prepared with your loved ones. This happens when you are busy preparing and running around cooking all day, this simple thought can be easy to forget.

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