It's that time of year!! Entertaining Made Easy


Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

Is the whole family coming over for the holidays? Or perhaps you'd like to share some festive cheer with your neighbors? Whatever the reason, 'tis the season, so now's the time to start planning.

Stock Your Pantry -- Get ready for hosting with a well-stocked pantry and freezer. Must-haves include quick, no-cook appetizers; basic baking ingredients; spices and marinades; and frozen puff pastry, pie and cookie dough.

Set the Mood -- Keep decorative accessories handy during this season of entertaining. A vase with fresh-cut flowers and tea lights in frosted glass holders are enough to add that festive touch.

Pre-Plan and Prep Cook -- Come up with a few go-to holiday menu plans and try to prep cook many of the elements in advance. This will prevent you from spending the day slaving over a hot stove and allow you to enjoy your guests.

Find a Place for Everyone -- Consider your holiday hosting capacity. Do you have enough space at the dinner table? Do you need extra chairs or place settings? Is your oven space adequate for the quantity of food you'll be preparing?

Bring on the Fun -- Have a variety of board games, books, playing cards and movies ready for those times when your guests need to entertain themselves. If you're hosting young ones, have a few age-appropriate toys available as well.

Ready the Guest Room -- If your houseguests are staying overnight, make sure they have everything they need to enjoy their stay. Set out extra towels, toiletries and bed linens, as well as maps and guidebooks for the area. 


The holidays are best when we take the time to truly ENJOY them :)



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Comment balloon 11 commentsJoy Daniels • December 03 2015 07:33AM


Hello Joy,  You are so right, this is a great month but can get crazy also, I need to start on my cookie tins soon.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Joy -- whether it's preparing a party or a home before it goes on the market for sale --- proper planning makes it better.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 4 years ago

Joy - I am getting ready for our holiday guests with decorations and also home made Christmas cookies.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

Nothing spells "hectic" like the Christmas Holiday season, .   Always a very enjoyable time of the year, and can be overwhelming if not prepared!!  "Hark, the herald angels sing...."

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) over 4 years ago

I love that I have heard from 4 men!  :)  You guys all mention - preparation and you are so right . . . But Dan Hopper  -  you have to change your Christmas Song to "Joy to the World!"  ;)  Merry Christmas to all you.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 4 years ago

Those were the days ... Joy.  This year will be quiet and peaceful ... and I am looking forward to it.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 4 years ago

Joy you sure know how to bring out the JOY of the holidays and KISS too! Thanks for the tips and reminders

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 4 years ago

Good morning Joy. Thank you for sharing the tips. Have a good day.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Well, hello Joy!  It's been awhile!  This is a great post with great tips- 

We've been amidst a complete kitchen renovation since Thanksgiving and it just finished up this week in time for Christmas!  I haven't been here in the rain because life has been a bit chaotic between work and renovations--one of my resolutions for the new year is to get back to my daily visits here!  Happy holidays Joy!

Posted by Faith LaRosse, Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties (Springer Realty Group) over 4 years ago

:)  It is going to be quiet for my husband and myself tooKathleen Daniels.  You are very welcome Anna Banana Kruchten  and Gita Bantwal 


Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 4 years ago

It has been awhile Faith LaRosse , I am very happy to hear from you.  A kitchen renovation between Thanksgiving and Christmas - you are brave. . . :)

Looking forward to keeping in touch.  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 4 years ago