Hosting parties, especially over the holidays can be stressful, hectic and insane! Make it just a little easier on yourself – and still wow your guests – with some of these hostessing hacks to help you make your next dinner party amzing and stress-free!
Many thanks to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé® for sponsoring this post!! They sent us a complimentary delivery of all of our favorite beverages!
The holidays are the time where it is SO easy to pack on the calories. These healthy, low or NO calorie options available from ReadyRefresh helps keep you and your familys hydration goals on track with a variety of options for everyone. Using a delivery service, like ReadyRefresh means that I have one less thing to think about. Place my order for holiday drinks, schedule delivery and – voila – they arrive!
Holiday Hostessing Tips
Make your own ice buckets with water, fresh fruit and flowers. Just cut up a 2 liter bottle, grab a smaller bottle to fit inside the 2 liter, and add a little something extra with a collection of fruits. We used Nestle Pure Life water to create our ice bucket! Perfect way to keep a beverage chilled at your next dinner party!
Instead of large, elaborate desserts, set up a mini fruit pizza bar with oatmeal cookies and yogurt “frosting”. It’ll be a big hit! Another way to cut calories while still enjoying the yum is by replacing a single 12-ounce, 140-calorie sugar sweetened beverage with water each day. Over the course of a year this trick can cut more than 50,000 calories from one’s diet! ReadyRefresh has a wide range of water options including: Nestle Pure Life, Sanpellegrino Sparking Fruit Beverages, and Perrier!
This How-to-Hostess Tip is genius! Dress up any clear drink with fruit and mint ice cubes. Even the kids’ water glasses will look gorgeous! If you are like me and terrified of the Fear Of Running Out (FORO) – cause the last thing we need is to spend the time of the party making up the drinks – make these cubes ahead of time.
Do you have a bunch of rowdy guests?? The kind that jump around during the football games? Or kids – just being kids? Make your drinks carpet-friendly with a small piece of plastic wrap. These drinks are now spill-proof!
Forget to chill your spritzers or your Acqua Panna? No problem. This has happened to me – where I ran out of cold beverages. Never again. To protect from FORO with chilled beverages, keep a stash of frozen grapes. When you grab a warm beverage, drop some frozen grapes into them. It keeps the wine chilled without watering it down.
Who wants to wash loads of glasses after a dinner party? Not me. Use alphabet cookie cutters and melon to create these name skewers for your guests’ drinks.
Dip glasses in corn syrup and gold sugar to make them sparkly and special for any occasion. We love to fill our glasses with sprakling waters from ReadyRefresh.
Once you’re done with all the cooking, set some stovetop potpourri to simmer while you have dinner. Your entire home will smell amazing.
When making your veggie tray, serve the dip in veggies. Genius idea!
Want to create a super simple bar for your guests? This mimosa bar is where it’s at! Offer a few chilled fruit juices along with champagne or sparkling wine and some pretty glasses. Everyone can serve themselves. And if you are like me, as your bottled water supply dwindles, you begin to hoard those last few bottles for your kids, your spouse, or even just a thirstier moment – especially during the holidays when your list of to-dos is longer than ever. This is known as the Fear of Running Out (FORO).
When cutting a large round cake, place a bowl on top in the center, and work a knife downward through the cake. This will give you nice rectangle-shaped pieces on the outer edge instead of big floppy wedges that won’t fit on your dessert plate. Then you can cut the center in smaller, prettier wedges (and it’s great for people who don’t like a lot of icing).
Don’t fuss with complicated decorations. String lights add a touch of magic to any holiday table.
Set up a leftovers station for your guests to take food home. You won’t have to eat leftovers for a week, and your lucky guests will have one less meal to cook.
Many thanks to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé® for sponsoring this post! ReadyRefresh believes that your hydration should never hinge on the inconvenience of restocking your bottled water supply. Having your favorite bottled water on hand during the hectic holiday season keeps you in control of what you and your family drink, and when. Because when you’re thirsty, you should get to drink your beverage of choice—not fall victim to FORO.
I know I am not alone with the issue of running out of necessities, especially during the holiday season. According to the survey, more than half of full-time working parents (55%) say that daily errands keep them from spending quality time with friends and family – which is why ReadyRefresh is so handy.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé®. The opinions and text are all mine.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ReadyRefresh by ℠Nestlé®. The opinions and text are all mine.