The holiday season is often associated with elaborate meals and extensive entertaining. While the thought of hosting a festive gathering may bring joy, the reality of all the preparation and cooking can be overwhelming. However, with a few helpful tips, you can simplify your holiday meal planning and entertaining, making it a stress-free experience.
1. Plan your menu in advance: Take some time to decide on the dishes you want to serve and create a detailed shopping list. This will help you stay organized and avoid last-minute scrambling.
“Make it simple, make it clean, make it easy. I think a good hostess really knows how to maximize the use of space no matter if it’s big or small. And don’t make a complicated menu—one big dish is better than five little dishes.”
2. Simplify recipes: Look for recipes that are easy to prepare and require minimal ingredients. Consider dishes that can be made ahead of time and simply reheated or assembled on the day of the event.
“Whenever I’m planning a dinner menu, I always pick something I can make in advance, something you can put in the oven and forget about it, something that goes on top of the stove, and something that’s served at the room temperature, so four things don’t have to be hot at the same time.”