Do you want to host a holiday dinner party at your apartment, but you don’t have a clue where to start? Don’t fret! The key to having a successful dinner party is to be organized and plan ahead.
First and foremost, keep it simple! This is especially important if you are planning your very first dinner party. It is possible to have a fantastic party while keeping it simple at the same time. For example, don’t waste your time planning elaborate dishes that you have no clue how to cook! Instead, make scrumptious dishes that you are comfortable with preparing. Besides, you don’t need to serve complicated dishes around the holidays since many of your guests are probably expecting a traditional holiday dinner.
It’s a good idea to mix and match homemade dishes with ready made dishes from your local grocery store. This tip will save you a lot of time, and no one will know the difference unless you tell them! So, if your local bakery sells a sweet potato pie that you absolutely love, simply pick up a couple for your party. You already know that it is going to be yummy! Also, save additional time by making some of your dishes the day before the actual party and reheating them right before your party begins. Here are some items that you can make ahead of time:
- Shortbread Cookies
- Vegetables with Dip
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cheese Tray
- Shrimp Tray
- Cheese Tray
In addition, don’t stress out about your table setting. If all else fails, simply pull out your handy white tablecloth! You can make it more festive by adding a creative centerpiece. Some suggestions include:
- Red Flowers
- Red, Silver or Gold Candles
- Pinecones or Glass Ornaments in a Clear Bowl
Auston Chase residents, follow these simple tips to plan a fabulous holiday party!
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