Itâs that time of year again! Donât stress out about the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
We have some of the best tips and tricks for a successful, delicious and (hopefully!) stress-free holiday gathering.
Yummy menu ideas:
- Instead of turkey, try a different meat or main dish, such as âthe other white meatâ (a.k.a. pork) with cranberry or stuffing, squash or mini pumpkins filled with meatloaf or a sausage stuffing, maple glazed chicken or beef. Beef stew, short ribs and even brisket can work for a holiday main dish and still produce mouthwatering leftovers.
- Oyster stew. To some this is an exotic choice and to others it is an essential. There are variations; Freedom suggests this recipe from Saveur magazine.
- Add cranberries to a salad or wild rice. This Turkey Day favorite, in a form besides a sugary jelly mold, will offer a healthy option that still delivers that tart flavor of the season.
- Create a signature drink. Whether itâs your own take on egg nog or a family recipe for a cocktail (or âmocktailâ), make a drink that becomes a tradition. One need not be a mixologist. Something as simple as champagne with pomegranate seeds and a splash of pomegranate juice is sufficiently unique, tasty and pretty.
- Everyone loves a butter mold! You can make your own seek out Kellerâs Creameryâs
famous turkey-shaped butter available in select stores during the holidays.
- Use what nature has to offer! Stuff mini pumpkins or gourds with candles or use them as place cards. Weave fall leaves, stalks of wheat or pine cones into your table setting or as decoration.
- A new trend in decorating and entertaining is the introduction of heritage as a theme. In addition to family recipes or those that reflect nationality, people are using their roots as a design theme. National flags, colors, games and teams can be a full-on theme.
- Cookware today is more than a pot or pan. Different colors and shapes are the new norm and many brands have oven-to-table pieces (just be sure to use a trivet or coaster). Using a vessel that can cook and display will save on time and cleaning too!
- Make a list of what you need and purchase in advance to avoid scrambling the day before the gathering.
- Do a test run of your main dish. Oven temperatures vary and recipes may need adjusting. No one wants to learn this moments before mealtime.
- Have activities and crafts to amuse children. Little guests can derail dinner by misbehaving or simply because they donât have anything to do. Pinterest is a fantastic resource for crafts to keep small hands busy. Follow our Pinterest Board for ideas!