5 Simple Holiday Entertaining TipsNovember 5, 2019
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Ever since I was a kid, the holiday season has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I love everything about getting together with friends & family and celebrating the season with some delicious food! Today I’m sharing some simple – yet effective – holiday entertaining ideas. From creating a music playlist ahead of time to serving easy, delicious dishes like Cooked Perfect Angus Beef Meatballs, keep reading for my best tips.
1. Preparation is key.
When it comes to streamlining party prep, a little preparation goes a long way. Figure out early on what type of party you will host (an outdoor barbecue or a cozy fireside gathering) and determine the guest list as soon as possible. If you’re going to incorporate a party theme (Winter Wonderland or a specific set of colors, for example,) write out how you will bring that theme to life. Don’t forget to think about your menu; wherever possible, stick to dishes that are easy to prepare and/or can be made in advance.
2. Choose dishes that are easy to prepare.
Last week, I picked up Cooked Perfect Angus Beef Meatballs from Walmart and I know they’ll make the perfect appetizer for a few holiday parties we’ll be hosting this year. They have such a great taste and are sure to please a crowd!
I’m already in Walmart a few times per week to pick up groceries, household essentials, kid’s clothing and so much more. So being able to purchase this delicious meal solution from the same store is super convenient for me!
I love that Cooked Perfect Meatballs taste just like the homemade version since they are flame broiled – this sears in the natural juices and flavors! Since they have so much flavor already, all I did was add a tiny dollop of marinara sauce, a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a bit of parsley to the top of each meatball. Sticking a toothpick in each meatball and lining them up on a wooden chopping block makes for a dramatic – yet easy – presentation that’s fit for a party! Oh, and since they’re fully cooked, it takes mere minutes to prepare them in the microwave oven or on the stovetop. Bon apetit!
Did you know that Cooked Perfect is the #1 frozen meatball brand in the U.S.? In addition to Angus, there are other delicious flavors available, including Homestyle, Italian Style, and Turkey. The homemade taste comes through with each bite; it’s rich & robust in flavor!
The holiday season is definitely a time of giving so I really love that Cooked Perfect will actually be donating a portion of their sales to Toys for Tots this year. We try to give back to those in need throughout the year and we definitely step it up during the holiday season. Some ways we help the less fortunate include donating to a food bank, volunteering at a homeless shelter and contributing money to local charities. However, when we purchase Cooked Perfect Meatballs at Walmart, we are also supporting a worthy cause like Toys for Tots. It doesn’t get any easier than that to give back!
3. Create a music playlist to set the right mood.
Awesome music can really help a party feel more fun & festive. In fact, I’d say that no gathering is complete without the right tunes! In the days leading up to the event, your time will be occupied with planning food & decor. Take some time a few weeks ahead of time to create a little playlist that will set the right tone for your party and help your guests feel more comfortable.
4. Choose decorations wisely.
I like to use multiple smaller decorations for a big impact. For a Thanksgiving party, I will fill a tray (or clear glass bowl) with multiple small pumpkins. For a holiday party, I’ll fill the same tray with small silver ornaments. It’s a versatile way to decorate that can be adapted to various seasons & holidays. Also, florals are always a smart idea when decorating for a party. Consider adding them in unexpected places, such as one stem in the napkin ring or various stems staggered across the table for an effortless, organic touch.
5. Offer a drink station.
Who doesn’t love a customized beverage? During fall & winter, a coffee / tea / hot chocolate bar is always a crowd pleaser. Prepare coffee, homemade hot chocolate & hot water and store in separate carafes. Offer mugs, spoons, napkins and a trash bin; make them all easily accessible. Serve a variety of teas: black, herbal, green, regular, decaf, etc. Set up all the typical fixings, including cream, milk, sugar, etc. If you want to get more festive, offer cinnamon sticks, white chocolate chips, caramels, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup & sprinkles. A customized beverage station can really add a special touch to your gathering!
Don’t forget to pick up Cooked Perfect Meatballs at Walmart to help support Toys for Toys this holiday season! Are you hosting any parties this year? Do you have any holiday entertaining tips that I missed?
I love simple holiday entertaining ideas! Keeping it simple means that I get to enjoy the reason for the season. Thanks for these tips and suggestions.
Yes, I am all about simple dishes! These meatballs look delicious. I like the idea of a drink station as well.
Yes, a drink station is so much fun for guests!! 🙂
I am awful at entertaining I always forget things and get flustered and make a mess of it. So I am keeping these ideas close to hand!
We haven’t’ done a lot of entertaining these last few years. This year I lost my mom so they just won’t be the same for me.
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
My son loves spaghetti and meatballs but they aren’t my favorite depending on how they are made. I’m going to have to give the Angus meatballs a try and see if they suit his little taste buds. I love how the meatballs can go into your main dish or be served as an appetizer.
I really enjoyed reading this post. These are all wonderful tips. I can’t wait to implement some of them.
These are fantastic tips. Those meatballs look simple but tasty. Will have to look for these the next time I’m at Walmart.
I love your tips. Those cooked meatballs are such a crowd pleaser, for sure!
They really are!! Everyone loves them.
I will really be needing these wonderful tips on entertaining guests on the coming holiday. Thank you for sharing. I will keep these in mind.
I’m not really good at entertaining people, so thanks for the ideas..! Those perfect cooked meatballs looks great for holidays..! ❤️
That seems to be pretty easy. We don’t always have the energy cooking something special every weekend do we? This is a nice idea.
So easy and so delicious!!
We have grown fond of turkey and chicken meatballs. But I will give these a try. I often make my own with my daughter because she likes to bake and cook so this would eliminate a step making things easier for us. That sounds perfect to me. LOL.
I love making use of delicious short cuts when I’m preparing lots of food for a party! Great tips!
Fantastic tips! All about making the holidays easier.
We loved your holiday entertaining tips. We entertain a lot through the year and agree with all your suggestions. The meatballs looked delicious.
I am all about the ready to go meatballs for a party! I try to get a good mix of ready-made items and a few homemade bites to share with my friends and family. Walmart makes being a low-stress hostess so easy (especially with the delivery and online options).
These are such great tips for entertaining. I love having things just right for when I entertain. This will help me with that. Those meatballs look great too!
Looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing!
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