For every hostess, there’s a morning after moment…you pad out to the kitchen to start your day, still exhausted from the day before. You fumble for the light switch mumbling “coffee…coffee”, under your breath. The light pops on and as you survey your kitchen you find one of the following:
A. A hideous mess from the night before; this will take days to get back into shape! (You were exhausted and so was everyone else).
B. Everything tidy and in its place. Yay, what a wonderful relief! You can get right into making brunch! (Elves crept in during the night and helped you out).
C. Things are ok, but you still have guests in the house and brunch to prepare–you’ll muddle through. (No elves in sight just the sound of snores from all corners of the house).
Don’t worry, this isn’t a test and you won’t be graded. The point is, the job of the holiday hostess can be tiring and somewhat relentless, without a few tips and tricks to make things easier.
Slip into something cozy, and settle in with a cup of coffee, Dear Readers, while I share a few tips and tricks that have made my holiday entertaining easier over the years—thirty of them, to be precise…years of entertaining, not tips…30 tips would be overwhelming…) I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve worked for days to prepare the perfect holiday dinner and then turned around and made a brunch the next day. If guests are still hanging around after that, they get my “left over smorgasbord” where they make sandwiches with all the leftovers for themselves, and frankly they love it.
1.The crock pot is your friend. It makes the creamiest oatmeal, and yummy breakfast casseroles. I love the kind of crock pot that does all the timing stuff, I just follow the recipe, set the timers and go to bed. I have owned crock pots in three sizes so I could make more than one thing at a time.
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2.I love a good quiche, or breakfast strata I make ahead and just pop into the oven in the morning.
3.Bake your bacon, if you are serving it. Yep, I lay it out on a rack over a pan with a one inch edge, and pop it in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. Completely hands and spatter free—and much easier to clean up. Oh, and it comes out perfect every time.
4.Don’t make everything from scratch! I always have prepared muffins from a good bakery and bowls of fresh fruit to round out the menu.
5. Do things in advance. I set the table for breakfast the day before, so everything is ready the next morning.
6. And be sure to wear something cute and cozy. I plan that out in advance too. (…I know what you are thinking…)
7. What ever you do, don’t make anything you have to make one at a time. One year I made waffles; I have this really amazing recipe. I was busily making waffles one at a time, while my guests sat waiting. I did have a few ahead, but I wanted them to be perfect, right out of the waffle iron, and let me just say, it wasn’t fun and I was exhausted.
8. Try a no cook menu—bagels and lox with fresh fruit—or sliced meats, cheese, and fruit—or go continental, and offer a basket of croissants, coffee cakes and fruit. Since my daughter is gluten free, we have her favorite gluten free offerings and that’s one of the reasons I offer fruit as a part of the menu. I think it’s healthy and it provides people with dietary restrictions and option.
Soft Surroundings sent this beautiful cozy robe to feature in this post. I had originally planned to give it to my mother as a holiday gift, but now I am having second thoughts…I might keep it for my self! As you might imagine, coming from a company called Soft Surroundings, it is wonderfully soft, cozy and warm.
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