Though the holiday season is widely known as the “most wonderful time of the year,” it can be the most stressful time as well. As seasoned holiday hosts, our family has seen it all—disaster dishes and successes, décor dilemmas and much more. To save you the same trouble we’ve experienced over the years, we wanted to share a few tips with you to keep you and your guests as jolly as Old Saint Nick.
Cheat a little
Getting a head start by precooking when possible is always a good idea. Even if you can’t make your main course and side dishes ahead of time, getting your appetizers out of the way is sure to help. Our family’s Southern-style Arancini recipe is one that can be made the night before and reheated in the oven when ready to serve. No one will ever know!
Simplify your serving
Worried your casserole will get cold before everyone says, “Amen?” Don’t! Use oven-to-table serving dishes. Your food will stay warmer longer if it’s kept in the dish it was baked in, more so than transferring into glass or metal. And, it’ll save time on cleanup!
Get a head count
There is absolutely nothing worse than running out of food while hosting a party. Don’t allow yourself to stress about how many people will be walking through your door. Encourage your guests to RSVP so you have an accurate head count. Then, you’ll be able to pick out the perfect dishes for feeding few or many. If it’s the latter, we highly recommend our Cheesy Broccoli and Rice. So. Good.Now, do you feel better? Hope so! Remember, this time of year is all about being with family and reflecting on your beliefs for the season. Don’t let the stress overwhelm you and let you forget that. From our kitchen to yours, happy holidays and happy cooking!