The Christmas season is coming! Even though it is the same time every year, it always manages to sneak up on me. Instead of planning parties and get togethers ahead of time, I end up having a “Oh my goodness, Christmas is in 2 weeks and I haven’t planned ANYTHING!” moment.
This year is GOING to be different. We are going to be away for Christmas, so I want to make sure to catch up with friends during the holiday season. A great way to do this is to throw a holiday dinner party.
Before you decide that I have officially lost my mind, know that you can totally do this. Dinner parties do not have to be stressful productions that leave you breathing into a paper bag in the corner. With a bit of pre-planning, you can have a fun and festive evening that both you and your guests can enjoy.
Stress Free Holiday Dinner Party Tips:
- Go minimal and tasteful for decorations. Your house does not need to be decorated from top to bottom to host a party. People are there to visit you and enjoy the season, not to judge your decorations.
- Pick the right main dish to serve. It should be something that can be prepped ahead and doesn’t need much attention while it cooks. A great example that is totally delicious and doable is the Cranberry-Apple Stuffed Pork Roast on the OceanSpray.ca site. You can easily prepare the stuffing ahead of time. Then you just need to stuff the roast and pop it in the oven for two hours. I rarely make “fussy” meals so believe me when I say that this is really easy AND my guests raved. One even asked for the recipe. It was so good!
- Go for simple side dishes. With today’s diet trends, most people prefer simple side dishes instead of casseroles and sauces. Think delicious steamed green beans, roasted baby potatoes and a sweet potato mash.
- Allow yourself to outsource some of the meal. If a guest offers to bring a salad or dessert, let them. Buy buns from a local bakery instead of making your own. Again, your friends are there to visit you, not critique your meal.
- Give yourself a break. Don’t let your inner perfectionist ruin your day. Roll with the punches and take a few minutes to sit down and relax before guests arrive.
Enjoy your night and pray that there are leftovers of the Cranberry-Apple Stuffed Pork Roast because it makes a FABULOUS grilled wrap for lunch the next day.