With the holiday season rapidly approaching, many families find themselves in the position to start preparing for the multitude of holiday gatherings set to take place in their homes. Some people can get really caught up in the work, organization, and preparation that goes into these get-togethers, but that need not necessarily be the case. Holiday entertaining actually can be fairly easy when done the right way.
Here at Deli Direct, we can play a small part in making those holiday gatherings easier, at least when it comes to the food offerings, but these holiday entertaining ideas should make any family soiree fun and memorable in the coming weeks:
Abandon the Desire for Perfection
First and foremost, whatever those home magazines may suggest, there is no need to shoot for the “perfect” holiday party. It flat-out isn’t going to happen. Decorations may get accidentally ruined, someone may forget an important side dish, or maybe the turkey or ham ends up a little dry because it was cooked a bit too long. Whatever the case, throw out the desire for perfection and remember that the season is about spending time with family, not impeccable table centerpieces.
There are a million different adages out there preaching the pitfalls of procrastination, and all of them are true for holiday gatherings. Get started cooking a day or two early with certain desserts or perhaps side dishes that may only need reheating later. Also, clean the house and get your table(s) set the night before to avoid any last-minute crunches for time.
Don’t Cook What You Don’t Have To
This is where Deli Direct can help. With our huge spread of deli meats, cheese spreads, dessert spreads, and party dips, there is no shortage of great party foods available on our site that require zero cooking on the behalf of the party host. Everybody loves a good meat and cheese plate, for example, and all that takes is a quick internet order and a little unwrapping. That leaves more time to cook what needs to be cooked while keeping your guests well-fed in the meantime.
Spread Out the Buffet(s)
To encourage more social intermingling and to ensure that food is available all over the house, consider spreading out the buffets to different areas. Why not make food available to your guests wherever they go at your gathering?
It can be incredibly hard to cede control when it comes to preparing for a big family get-together, but knowing what has to be done yourself and what can be delegated to someone else is a key part of keeping preparations as easy as possible. Consider asking friends or family members to bring table decorations, appetizers, or party favors. If you’re looking to stay entertained during the party, ask a friend to serve as the “DJ” for the night and put together a crowd-pleasing playlist. Guests can also bring cards or board games to keep the fun going after the meal.
The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, so hopefully these few tips (as well as a few delicious items from Deli Direct) can help your holiday entertaining go as smoothly as possible!