1. Create a list before you go shopping and be sure to check the fridge and pantry. The goal is to eliminate multiple trips to the grocery store.
2. Logistically you’ll want to ‘plot’ your destination. For example, if you’re having guests, perhaps you will need to purchase items in bulk at your local Sam’s Club or Costco. Will you need extra containers for food storage or leftovers? Do you have enough plates, cups or silverware?
3. What family activities will you engage in before or after the meal? Bond with family and friends by playing board games or perhaps you can create your own family fun. Food for thought. You can take your out of town guests on a mini city tour. Designate a reliable family member who’s familiar with the city so they return safety and on time for dinner.
4. What time will dinner be served? Allow your guests extra time to arrive. For instance, if dinner starts at 5:00 pm, have your guests arrive by 4:30…in case you have some latecomers.
5. Don’t forget to entertain the smaller children. Games, movies and elder story telling are sure to be the hit of the day.
Happy Holidays this Season
Until next time…