Holiday Entertaining Made Easier

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. When else is it considered appropriate to overfill plates with food and stuff ourselves?  And it is a time to give thanks for our many blessings.

To make holiday entertaining easier, here are 7 tips.

1.  Enjoy your guests and the meal. Don’t spend all your time in the kitchen and feel you must do everything yourself. Enlist help.
2.  Speed clean.Set a timer for 15 minutes per room. Clear the visible clutter, and do a quick dusting and vacuuming. Great products for quick dusting and wiping floors are Swiffer Duster and Swiffer Sweeper. Get family members involved and make it into a game — the fastest one gets a reward! (Then surprise everyone with a little reward, which assures help next time.)
3.  Write down everything in advance in case of last-minute confusion.
4.  Finalize your shopping list and what you plan to serve, in order.
5.  Create a seating chart (with placecards or mentally).
6.  Think of topics to discuss — if the group rarely gets together, this is a great opportunity.
7.  Lay out dishes, silverware, glasses and serving pieces the day before.

I don’t know about you but I plan to enjoy every delicious calorie!

Product of the Month

Trench Coat Holds Your Gear

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Wear Your Carry-ons When Flying

(Yes, you read that correctly)

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This goes on the I Can’t Believe Someone Actually Thought Of This list!

Quote of the Month

One hour of planning saves three to four hours of redundancy.  ~author unknown