Cheers to the host! Whether this is your first time hosting a crowd for the holidays or your twentieth, we all need some help making it as smooth as possible. So with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years right around the corner, here are some tips and hacks for stress-free hosting!
Clean the oven…easily!
You will be using your oven A LOT this season. Why not get it sparkling clean before the big day? Follow these steps for an easy, no scrub oven cleaner… Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fill a casserole dish with water and 1/2 vinegar. Allow the water to boil for 30 minutes then let it cool before removing. All you have to do is wipe away the grime with a paper towel!
Use the power of decluttering
Have you ever noticed when you declutter your home it instantly looks cleaner? Before you start stressing over scrubbing every nook and cranny, remove all the clutter from your entertaining spaces. This will help tremendously!
Any food and non-perishable ingredients you can buy early, DO IT! We all try to avoid the long grocery lines this time of year, so plan ahead and buy early. For any last minute items or perishable foods that have to be bought the week of your holiday gathering, try to hit the grocery store early in the morning before crowds get too heavy.
Prepare the night before
Another item you can cross off your to-do list BEFORE the big day! Set the table the night before and put out serving bowls and platters and LABEL them. Trust us, you will be so happy you did this when you wake up the next morning. Try to prepare any treats or dishes the night before too. This will give you more time to spend with family and friends the day of!
Start with an empty dishwasher
Before you start a cooking extravaganza make sure the dishwasher is empty. This will greatly help clean up as you can just immediately throw dishes in the dishwasher. Empty trashcans also help cleaning run smoothly!
Remember to ENJOY this holiday season with family and friends. We hope these tips will give you more time with your loved ones and less time in the kitchen. Everyone will remember the time spent together so take advantage of all your family and friends in one place and make lasting memories!