Some of my most wonderful memories growing up were during the holidays. We didn’t just celebrate one or two days. Rather, my mom and dad hosted many get-togethers, starting at Thanksgiving and running through New Year. My parents hosted many Christmas parties, and other than my father’s company Christmas party that was scheduled, the rest were basically impromptu.
Through the years I observed how my mom pulled this off so elegantly and effortlessly. Here’s what has worked for her and now, for me:
1. Always have in your refrigerator/pantry: fancy cheeses, smoked meats, nuts, olives, dried fruits and specialty crackers. How easy is it to make a pretty platter with these ingredients?
2. Make hors d’oeuvres and freeze them. Now we are so lucky as to be able to buy them already made and frozen. Keep a couple on hand.
3. Don’t skip dessert! Something as simple as fine chocolate and a pretty holiday cookie can do the trick.
4. Invest in festive platters or a set of dishes. It is so much more elegant to serve on real dishes as opposed to plastic or paper. Stemware is also a lot more fun to drink out of than a regular glass, no matter what the drink.