Hosting the whole family and all of your friends for a meal during the holidays can be stressful. You need to clean, make sure you have enough chairs and table space, and manage an oven schedule that will deliver each delicious dish to the table perfectly hot and on time for holiday dinner. Needless to say, we could all use a little hosting help this time of year! Town Hall Terrace is here to give you a few tips for making hosting guests during the holidays a stress-free breeze.
HGTV’s best tip for hosting the holidays smoothly and seamlessly is to make a list and plan ahead! That might seem like a fairly basic tip, but mentally thinking through things and having an actually written out schedule are two different things. If you want to really be thankful this holiday season, put your schedule together in advance and keep checking it to see what needs to be prepped or baked next. Plus, by organizing your cooking and baking schedule, you can also run through your dishes and make sure you don’t forget any of the important ingredients!
Another way to cut down on stress is to cook whatever you can ahead of time. If you’re serving crudité and spinach dip, for example, prep the dip and chop the veggies a day or two in advance. If your gravy recipe calls for four hours of stove simmering, whip that up ahead of time. And when it comes to pies, they keep really well in the fridge for a few days, so get those baked before the day of the festivities and enjoy your sweet dessert without the need for not-so-sweet stress.
Ditch the Fancy Cocktails
Real Simple also suggests that you stick to premade punches and bottles of wine when it comes to the drinks. Serving cocktails can be a fun way to celebrate the day with your friends, but when suddenly you’re trying to make craft cocktails for a dozen people in your kitchen as you juggle pots, pans, serving trays and everything else, it suddenly might not be so fun. Keep it simple and stress-free with simple punches and premade options.
If you realize this holiday season that your home is just too small to host everyone for the holidays, check out Town Hall Terrace’s available apartments and townhouses. Our open-concept floor plans and spacious living areas will make having friends or family over for the holidays more fun and less stressful. Find out more about our currently available units by giving us a call at 716-773-2788.