When the Holidays get into full swing you can count on surprise guests popping in to bring you some cheer, or in some cases a near heart attack if you aren’t prepared to entertain. There are a few great tips you can apply that will save your sanity and your reputation with your friends.
First impressions are one of the most important things to think about. The ‘Kissters’ on the video recommend candles and potpourri to mask the multitude of aromas that can be lingering all over the house from different types of food being baked or cooked on the stove and other not so pleasant smells. Here’s my version of their easy potpourri.
- Orange peels, apple peels, and (or) lemon peels
- 2-3 sticks of cinnamon or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Small handful of whole cloves or ½ tsp of ground cloves
- Handful of cranberries, strawberries or any other aromatic dried or frozen fruit
- Enough water to cover generously
Have fun with this recipe. If it smells nice to you, simmer it on the stove and watch your home become an inviting place for your guests.
When it comes to candles, be sure to place a nice smelling one in your bathroom. This will give your guests the idea of ‘clean’ even if you haven’t had the chance to deep clean the whole thing.
Your guests will feel special when you bring out some fresh snacks for them to munch on. Think about making the Easy 5 minute cheese snack and serving some drinks such as tea or flavored water with frozen grapes added. Your pop-in-guests will be impressed with your ability to entertain without breaking a sweat.
Never again will you panic when guests drive up uninvited. When the dishes are piled high, you can place them in the oven if you won’t be using it, or if the mess is only a sink full, then go ahead and run some hot water and suds it with a great smelling soap and hide the dishes under the bubbles. Your guests will see that you are taking care of business and the mess will go unnoticed.
Quickly serve cheese, cucumbers and melons (opt.) in style by cutting them into shapes. Choose the shape of cookie cutters based on the holiday or season it is. Your guests will think you slaved over the platter, and for some unexplained reason cheese tastes so much better when cut into shapes rather than crudely sliced and scattered on the plate.
So, next time the season warrants entertaining in a hurry, be prepared with these simple and easy tips and never be caught without a way to entertain in style again.
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