Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday entertaining tips

We entertain a lot but my most  favourite times to have people over is the holiday season. We have different friends and family over, some bigger gatherings and just couples over sometimes. I did a 10 tips on party hosting a while ago but here are a  few more other tips on having people over whatever size the gathering may be. 

1- Stock up on nuts, cheeses, crackers and dips so that you are prepared for even an impromptu gathering. I try to get a mix of tried and true favourites and some different treats that I want to share with our guests.

2- I love a good signature Christmas cocktail to start the night. There are so many great ones to choose from online but I usually love a sparkling sipper to begin the festivities. 

3- Christmas music in the background is always lovely. Parang (our local upbeat holiday music) for the trinis who come around, carols for everyone else :-)

4- Lighting is lovely. I light a few tea lights, make sure the christmas tree is lit, put on some lamps and keep it warm and cozy.

5- When I'm preparing dinner, I try to do as much as possible before including the main dish if possible so I can relax when my family and friends are here. I stick it in the oven at 275 in the last half hour before being ready to serve. 

6- If someone asks to bring something, I just may take them up on their offer :-)

7- If we are having kids over as well, I feed them first then put on a kids' Christmas movie for them to enjoy while the adults are having dinner. 

8- Know what you can handle. I used to have a big party for many years running but I stopped it a few years ago. I was running around a lot and not getting to enjoy my guests as much as I would have liked so now I keep it simpler with smaller gatherings and my annual girls' night in- 4th year in a row. Everyone brings an appetizer and it's a wonderful time

9- Dessert really doesn't have to be fancy. A platter of assorted cookies, some spiked eggnog as a digestif or a holiday ice cream are great little treats in this season of decadence. 

10-We keep our formula simple as much as possible. Good company, food and wine is all you need. 

If you aren't the host but instead are the guest, here's a list of hostess gifts under $20

What are your favourite holiday hosting and entertaining tips?

Linking up with Victoria and Catherine 


  1. Love these tips, especially the inclusion of parang (and soca parang) because no one has Christmas music like Trinidad :P

  2. Great tips, some of them work for other times of year too!

  3. Great post. I love all of the holiday things, sparkly cocktails for the win!

  4. These are great tips! Your get togethers always look like so much fun! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  5. All great tips! You definitely want to be able to enjoy the party, so doing as much as you can the night before - or letting people bring food or help some other way - are all great ideas!


  6. Knowing what you can handle is such a great tip!! Thanks for linking up with us!

  7. Great tips- I especially like the stocking up part- so much easier to grab something when you have a back up for those surprise visits.

  8. Love your table set up! So pretty! Great tips!
    Nikki: shooshanigans.blogspot.com

  9. Great idea to let the kids eat first and then show a Christmas movie! They are fed, happy and entertained!

  10. Sounds prefect! The finger food looks delicious and I agree to keep dessert simple because more often than not, people prefer to indulge in eggnog or wine after eating! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis


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