Parties/Entertaining

Christmas Entertaining with Ease

Good Day!

I’m glad I can be a part of your holiday party planning. This can be a very stressful time of year, especially for those entertaining for Christmas Eve and/or Day. The best way to relieve this stress is to prepare as much as possible ahead of time.

By starting to prepare for the event several days ahead of time, you leave less to go awry last minute.

The best way to start is by looking back at Set Your Table the Thrifty Way for starters. From there, we will customize for your party.

Table Setting:

Like stated before, it’s a great idea to keep your plates simple and add color and zest in your napkins and centerpiece.

The napkins were purchased at Target, plates were purchased at HomeGoods, and the flatware is Oneida.

center2
I took spruce clippings (two types), placed on the napkin, and tie with a sheer ribbon (an alternative to a napkin ring)

Below is a simple and inexpensive (>$14) centerpiece for the dining room table:

You’ll need:

  • Floating Candles -$2
  • Glass bowl or vase – $5
  • Cranberries- $1.50
  • Spruce needles- $5

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle a handful of needles on the bottom of the bowl or vase
  2. Fill  3/4 full of water
  3. Fill with cranberries
  4. Place floating candles on top and light (once you’re ready to enjoy)

center1

To decorate the rest of the table, simply, go to your local florist, buy a bundle of spruce clippings, and lay the table with cranberries sprinkled about.

center9

center

Mood:

Whenever I entertain, I have to have background music. The best soundtrack for the season is definitely the Frank Sinatra (Holiday) Radio on Pandora Radio.

Appetizer:

I strongly suggest having a veggie tray for an appetizer. This insures the kiddos stuff their face with veggies and not a filling cheese ball. You can either go to your local grocery store and buy a pre-made tray, or you can pick your veggies, cut them the day before (keep in an airtight container in the fridge) and place on a tray the day of your event.

Here is an adorable veggie tray from Mom Endeavors

veggie tray

The Meal:

The best way to be stress-free is by putting your main dish in the Crock-Pot. This is an awesome way to set it and forget it.

I’ve attached a delightful and easy recipe for you:

The Frugal Girls Best Crock Pot Ham Recipe

crockpot ham

 

 

Games:

I always suggest having a variety of games for your party. This is a great way for people to get to know one another if there’s a variety of friends and family that don’t know one another. This will also keep the family from talking about religion or politics 😉

  • Minute to Win It Games– This is a wonderful ice breaker that can be played in teams. Click HERE to see the variety of games used with common household objects
  • Catch Phrase– this my family’s favorite. This is a fast-paced game where one person is given a word or phrase and the people on your team must guess the word by giving them clues
  • Cards Against Humanity (Adults only)- An adult version of Apples to Apples (Make sure everyone playing has a good sense of humor)

 

 

By doing these ahead of time, you will be much more at ease on the day of your get-together.

 

Merry Christmas,

Jenna

Leave a Reply