NESTLÉ Planning a Holiday Gathering & Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Christmas
December 15, 2010
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‘Tis the season for holiday gatherings and lots of baking!!  I am definitely a social butterfly and love to host parties and gatherings of family and friends….just ask any of my family or friends.  I most recently hosted a Cookie Exchange and had a blast doing it!

When planning a holiday gatherings for family and friends, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.  First, what type of gathering are you planning?  Will it be formal or casual?  Will it be kid-friendly or adults only?  What type of food do you want to serve (i.e. full meal, appetizers, desserts)?  Where do you want to hold the gathering (i.e. in your home or rent a space)?  Do you want there to be activities at the gathering (i.e. gift exchange, movie, games)?  Do you have all ingredients for foods you will be serving at the gathering?  Do you have all paper goods and supplies for serving food on?

If you are thinking about hosting a holiday gathering, be sure to check out NESTLÉ Family Holiday Celebrations, a special site where you can find tips, tools, and inspiration for the holidays.  You’ll find tips on how to plan holiday gatherings.

FEATURED ACTIVITY:

Homemade Holiday Napkins

WHAT YOU NEED

  • White cotton napkins
  • Crayons
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Safety scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Newspaper
  • Pillowcase

 

HOW TO DO IT

  • Decide what images you would like on the napkins. Set out holiday books, magazines and cards to look through for ideas.
  • Have your children draw their designs on a piece of paper before transferring them onto the napkins.
  • This drawing can be their template. (Print out our illustration template for additional ideas)
  • Decide where you would like the design to appear on the napkin and place the template under this area.
  • Press firmly with the crayons as you draw the image(s) onto the cloth.
  • Place a newspaper and then a pillowcase over the crayon image you have drawn.
  • Iron on the pillowcase with a hot dry iron, to fuse the crayon to the cloth.
  • Your napkins are now ready to part of the Holiday table.
TIPS

  • Wash the napkins in cold water so that the design does not fade.

 

FOLLOW UP FUN

  • Your children can make wonderful gifts for friends and family by personalizing aprons, pillowcases and guest towels.

Nestlé Family Holiday Exchange

GIVEAWAY

1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win a NESTLÉ Family Holiday Brunch Package, including a brunch menu, corresponding NESTLÉ products, and a $50 VISA gift card.

WIN IT!!! (MANDATORY ENTRY)

– Tell me in a comment a tip or idea for entertaining family and friends over the holidays.

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RULES:

– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, December 19th, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

I was compensated for my participation in the NESTLÉ Family Holiday Exchange and for writing this post.  The giveaway was sponsored by NESTLÉ Family (JUICY JUICE, TOLL HOUSE Morsels, CARNATION Evaporated Milk, CARNATION BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS).  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gosney is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. With 3 active boys, Shannon loves living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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  2. Alicia Webster says:

    I like a relaxed atmosphere, so I don’t even use the word “entertain”…I put out tons of hor d’ouevres, make the dinner “buffet style” and let the guests help themselves to their own drinks. We play games and talk and play with each other’s kids. Very low-key.

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  5. Danielle says:

    I love to upload family photo’s to our tv for everyone to look at and also make sure there’s always food out so it doesn’t seem like dinners taking forever.

  6. Adrienne Gordon says:

    We like playing crazy card games.

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  8. ky2here says:

    Do things that look elaborate but are actually simple – standing rib roast, brie in puff pastry etc…

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  11. Margaret Smith says:

    I try to make everything simple. I put out lots of “finger type” foods & small sandwiches, most of which I make ahead of time. I love to entertain buffet style, because that also seems to work best.
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  17. Happi Shopr says:

    We have a movie marathon

  18. Mami2jcn says:

    My tip is to make it easier on yourself and have a pot luck dinner so that everyone helps out.

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  25. EMMA L HORTON says:

    AT OUR BIG FAMILY DINNER…WE ARE SO BUSY GETTING CAUGHT UP ON WHAT HAPPENED THAT YEAR…WE BASICIALLY ENTERTAIN OURSELVES

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  27. courtney says:

    read a great book about entertaining! there are some great ones out there!

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  33. Cynthia R says:

    Each of us brings at least 3 dishes so we have a wide variety of appetizers, sides, and desserts to pick from, everything is buffet style and no one has to stress about doing all the cooking

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  37. Nicole-Lynn says:

    A tip for entertaining for family and friends during the holiday’s is making it easy on yourself and preparing meals that can be made ahead of time, frozen, so all you have to do is warm/bake them and serve. Sometime’s it’s also fun to do a potluck style meal so it makes it a little easier on the host/hostess 🙂

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  39. Melissa R. says:

    The kitchen is always an area that people seem to gravitate to so I like to get people especially the kids involved with helping the prep work. I’ve noticed that people have a great time chatting and helping out. It’s not mandatory to help of course but it is surprising how many aspiring chefs there are that love to help cook. Both young and old!

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  41. Jackie says:

    One tip is to prepare as much of the food ahead of time as possible. Make dips that can be served cool or heated in the microwave. If you are not working in the kitchen, you’ll be better able to enjoy your guests. Thanks!
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  49. Amber says:

    My tip is to try and prepare as much stuff the day before as possible so you’re not stressed out and can enjoy the day with your guests!

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  58. Velvet Hubler says:

    I like to get the family together and go Christmas Carolling

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  65. Donna B. says:

    I take full advantage of my grocery store’s deli section! They offer wonderful cheeses, olives, and meats that I can easily turn into appetizers for a party I’ll also get some crudite, seasonal fruit and nuts from the produce section. I’ll then just do some brie wrapped in phyllo (easy!) and slice and toast up a couple of baugettes and I’m ready for a cocktail party!

  66. sandra says:

    have another family member host to save you some stress

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  68. Laura says:

    We usually have cookie decorating for the kids and card games for the adults

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  70. Betty N says:

    First entry: I love to serve a Blueberry French Toast casserole for breakfast…I can fix it the night before and bake it fresh the next morning and it makes an easy breakfast with little clean up.

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    Everyone helps out- kids help with table setting, elder kids and adults help with cooking and baking in the kitchen.
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  77. Terri says:

    I plan meals that can be made aheaad of time, so that I am not stuck in the kitchen the whole time. I use very nice heavy paper plates and cups that go right in the garbage, easy clean up.
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  78. amber p says:

    for holiday entertaining we watch movies and play board games like trivial pursuit

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    Board games and card games are the way we entertain family during the holidays!

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  94. Margie says:

    My favorite way to entertain is to have a potluck dinner. That way no one person has too much work. You could also have a dessert get-together, with everyone bringing something. Instead of giving everyone presents, the circle dice game is fun, where everyone gets something and then the trading begins. Projects are fun at a party…making cookies as you suggested, decorating cupcakes, etc.
    If it’s a small group around the Holidays, a walk around the neighborhood to see the lights is always a fun activity.

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  103. Tamara B. says:

    I always go to the dollar store and buy fancy plastic plates to serve with and when things get boring I bring out the Wii game system we all have a blast together.

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  115. Heather S says:

    We play games and bake cookies that are sampled by all

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  121. Steph says:

    My tip is to make several small appetizers for company. You will never please everybody, but havng a few things to choose from makes it a bit easier. If you are worried about a budget, go simple: Deviled Eggs, Chips and Salsa, cookies. Don’t ever stress about not pleasing your guests, you are doing it because you want to, not because you have to. Have fun!

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  123. susan varney says:

    don’t buy to much booze i’m serious
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  124. Kristen says:

    We’re having friend over for a cookie exchange party.

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  126. Kimberly says:

    I don’t try to be a super hero; it’s ok to let everyone bring a dish. It takes some of the burden of hosting a gathering away.

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  130. Barbara M says:

    We have a meal that we plan and cook together.
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  137. Suzanne K says:

    My tip for entertaining for the holidays is to keep it SIMPLE! The idea is to enjoy the time with your friends and family, not kill yourself making a fancy meal! People usually offer to help, or to bring something – accept it! Sharing in the kitchen is just as fun as sharing in the living room (and everyone usually ends up in the kitchen anyway!)

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  139. Erin says:

    I love to bake cookies, pies and cakes! Thanks for all of the shortcuts you share!

  140. shelly says:

    We play games when my family gets together for the holidays. Usually cribage or yatzee.

  141. randio says:

    We usually are so busy eating, drinking, & visiting there’s no need to entertain, but with our family a game of Charades would be a hoot! Maybe I’ll suggest that this year! LOL

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  144. Karen R says:

    Everybody pitches in and brings a dish.

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  149. Kendra says:

    our family always has plenty of games ready when the crowd starts getting bored….lol
    thanks for the chance

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  151. Christina H says:

    We make crafts to entertain our family. Decorate Gingerbread, ornament, candy cane, and Christmas tree cutouts.

  152. ohkeeka says:

    I love having a cookie swap as part of holiday parties–have everyone bring their recipes to trade too!

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  155. traci s says:

    we hold bingo nights and give small items as gifts

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  161. Patricia says:

    I like to make small desserts like cheesecake cupcakes or cream puffs.

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  164. Pat says:

    Keep it as simple as possible. The less frazzled you are the more fun your guests will enjoy.

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  166. Sarah Hirsch says:

    my tip for entertaining is to accept any offers of help that you get, that way you can be a part of the party more!

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  169. Anne says:

    My tip is to let your guests bring something to help out – some cookies, soda or bread brought by a guest can make it easier on you.

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  175. jessi c says:

    we play cards

  176. Laura Collins says:

    Ask for help but be specific

  177. LAMusing says:

    My biggest tip – keep a sense of humor, relax a little and enjoy your friends and family. When you have a nice time it makes for a warm environment where people enjoy themselves. Tension will clear the room LOL

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  181. Norma says:

    White Elephant gift exchanges are fun – whatever you do, a little holiday music in the background sets a festive mood

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  183. nan says:

    my tip is don’t do it all…ask them to bring food..and use paper plates!
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  186. Russell M says:

    My tip is: if you and your siblings are over 35, give your parents a break and have the get-together at your house this year. Your Mom need the break, and will love you for it. Just this year…..

  187. Stephanie V. says:

    have others bring dessert — saves some cooking time
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  193. ria says:

    tip- keep it simple
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  197. Janna Johnson says:

    plan ahead! cook ahead what you can!
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  198. Timmy says:

    Tip: Don’t spike the eggnog at the office Christmas party!

  199. Noreen says:

    do what you can the night before. The least amount of things you have to do in the morning the better

  200. Kathy Rambousek says:

    I try to keep everything in perspective. It’s a time to focus and celebrate Jesus’ birth – not a tme to worry about stocking stuffers, how many cookies I need to bake, or should a write a note with everything Christmas card. There is so much I could do, but only so much time. I try to limit activities and spend more time with friends/family

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  207. Jennifer T. says:

    It helps to have a few DVDs and games available for entertainment.
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  212. Amanda Davis says:

    We rotate where we have the get togethers, and we always plan ahead that everyone brings a plate of food (Someone will bring rolls, another a pie, veggie tray, dip, etc etc) so the burden isn’t on the host of the party. And we all participate in the clean up and dishes. This makes for a stress free, guilt free, enjoyable evening for everyone involved!

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    If you can make anything in advance, do it — it’ll save you time and stress the day of the party or meal 🙂

  218. April says:

    Make all desserts in advance!

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    I love recipes that can be made ahead of time so I can enjoy my guests instead of working in the kitchen.

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  223. katklaw777 says:

    You do the main entree(ham, turky, roast beef) and assign sides and deserts to family and friends. Then you can enjoy the holiday too and spread out the cost.

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    That sounds great

  227. Renee C. says:

    Keep it simple. In the past when I have tried to cook from complex time-consuming recipes my family has informed me that they often like the simple things more. “Don’t try to reinvent the wheel” just because its the holidays!

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  229. kathy dunaway says:

    If people offer to bring something or to help in any way,let them.Everything is much easier if you have help:)

  230. Carol W. says:

    Serving buffet style is a bit more relaxed and keeps clutter from the table.

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  233. Lim says:

    Mini-meatballs. There’s always an abundance of sweet stuff this time of year, so having a slow cooker filled with savory mini-meatballs is a nice change of pace.

    Oh, and if you have a little dish set out for used toothpicks, make sure it’s clearly labeled “used”!

  234. Lynda E. says:

    I always do a football open house on new year’s day – make a giant crock pot of chili, set up a bar, put out snacks and people can come and go as they please.

  235. CMC says:

    Try and do as much prepping and cooking as you can ahead of time so that you can enjoy the time with your guests. (Easier said than done, I know.)

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  239. Theresa says:

    Playing games like Rock Band are fun because everybody gets involved, gets silly, and has a good time.

  240. Linda says:

    We love to get together and have everyone bring a dish, we eat and play games.

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  242. Denise B. says:

    When I have people over, I set up a large buffet. I spend about a week prepping things and bringing all together the day before to make it a really easy job.

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    Always make it potluck so you don’t have to cook for days

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  248. Stephanie A says:

    We play Wizard, Hearts, or Pass the Card, when we get together as a family. It can keep us entertained for hours!

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  253. Lynn says:

    A good tip is to have each family bring a dish for a nice potluck.

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  257. Daniel M says:

    have everyone bring they’re favorite snack

  258. julieh says:

    My tip for entertaining is to have a few really good appetizers for when the guests first arrive. Quality rather than quantity.

  259. ACMommy says:

    Tips for entertaining: Use high quality disposable dishware for easing your hostess burden, write out the menu in detail so you can see the “big picture” and make sure it will all work, and select at least a few make-ahead recipes!

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  261. Brittany says:

    Make half your menu the day before!

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  266. Judith says:

    My family is casual. When we get together all pitch in.

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  273. Cherie Corey says:

    An old standard, but worry more about spending time with Family & friends rather than cooking. So plan a buffet type set up. Pick a menu that ill let you have item prepared ahead of time. If you caan prepare something that can be frozen, so when they are put out they will stay cold longer. If you are making a punch, soak the fruits in rum and freeze. Not only will they give a lil kick, they wont dillute the punch the same as ice would.

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  274. Debbie C says:

    Hire a sitter for all the kids for a few hours and let them entertain and supervise the kids while the adults visit in peace for a while.

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  276. Kristen says:

    A fun holiday treat is to do a cookie exchange party with friends.

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  279. Kristi C says:

    I have everyone bring one side dish for holiday parties with family. I provide the ham, turkey, plates, and utensils but I expect everyone else to help out.

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  283. Martha Payne says:

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  290. Audrey M says:

    I try to appreciate everyone during the holiday season and remember why we are celebrating 🙂 Thankyou

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  292. Marjorie Whitney says:

    I always have swome goodie bags prepared before anyone comes so I don’t have to spend time later getting them set as people leave.

  293. Stephen Crane says:

    Make and free a few days before your party some appetizers and main dish. So all you have to do is thaw and heat up the day of.

  294. michelle rosborough says:

    Have a small gift for everyone.

  295. Geoff K says:

    One thing we started doing a few years ago at our holiday parties is to have a big “yearbook” in which we place our favorite photos from the year and ask our friends and family members to bring copies of theirs as well, which gives us all plenty of things to talk and reminisce about. It also give us a memento to remember everyone’s milestones and life events. Thanks for the chance to enter!

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  302. Tracy Robertson says:

    I don’t entertain at home a lot because my apartment is so small, but when I do I like to fill it with plenty of food and a mix of all different kinds of music.

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  305. Adrienne says:

    Have the kids and any adults willing decorate sugar cookies to look like the christmas tree or any other objest in the house but keep an eye on the little ones to make sure their not “messing up” in order to just keep eating the cookies cause we all know the things sugared up little ones can get into.

  306. Jamie says:

    Have a cookie swapping party 🙂 Everyone brings a couple dozen cookies and gets to bring different kinds home.

  307. CherylS22 says:

    My biggest tip is that I do as much ahead of time as I can & I have foods that don’t require a lot of fussing. I like to enjoy my company, not spend all my time in the kitchen serving.
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  312. Tari L. says:

    I had a bunch of friends over this holiday season to decorate gingerbread cookies. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.

  313. DebbyM says:

    I’m a big planner. I like to make most/all of the food ahead of time, and only have to bake/heat a few things when guests arrive. All of the serving dishes/utensils are all ready so all I have to do is plate things and set them out, so that I can enjoy my friends and no one is stressed out. I LOVE planning parties!

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  314. Nancy Meyer says:

    I like having a wide variety of drinks (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) so everyone has some thing they like.

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  316. Julie L says:

    we like to keep it simple and no fuss-sometimes we have even ordered pizza takeout…even had a potluck -its all about enjoying each other’s company
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    My tip is to do your big house cleaning several days before everyone arrives. That way you can just spot clean the day of. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
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  328. Let the kids help with decorating, wrapping gifts, and baking!

  329. Christina says:

    I bake a ham the day before,and just reheat it the day of the meal to save time

  330. Aisling says:

    I like to keep it simple and easy. I do all that I can ahead of time so when guests arrive I can concentrate on enjoying time with them. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

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  333. Jeanette Huston says:

    Make cookies, punch, and have card games. Also designate a movie night;-)

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  336. Darcy B says:

    I prepare goody bags for my family for the long ride home -fruit, bottled water, and baked goods.
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  337. Go potluck! No one minds bringing one small thing that, when added all up, makes a great buffet!

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  342. Leslie S. says:

    I like to have an area for the kids to do crafts in and plenty of snacks available while us gals are baking.Thanks!
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  343. Soha Molina says:

    I always put a holiday movie for the kids so they can be entertained.

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  349. Jennifer R says:

    My tip for entertaining over the Holidays is to keep it as simple as possible with your main meals and to jazz the meals up with fun appetizers and desserts.

  350. Natalie J. Vandenberghe says:

    If I’m having guests stay overnight, I like to make a breakfast casserole the day before, so all I need to do is pop it into the oven to cook.

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  356. Rosie says:

    Having a simple buffet with a few meat and vegetarian options really helps with a larger group of guests because they can choose what they want to eat and you won’t have to worry about creating one meal that will need to satisfy everyone’s meal preference.

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  358. chastidy says:

    We always have an ornament decorating party with our friends every year 🙂

  359. Susan T says:

    Tip to make entertaining easier…….Paper products….I use paper plates, cups, etc. for this holiday as it gives me more time to spend with family instead of doing dishes. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  367. Mari says:

    I suggest serving all appetizer or finger foods. This makes it easier for people to mingle, plus less mess with the after party cleanup.

  368. rebecca says:

    Good food, good coffee always seem to lead to lots of great conversation.

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  370. Jessica A says:

    we ask family members to bring along a dish with them.
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  371. Erica C. says:

    We like to drive around looking at light and decoration displays.

  372. Tracey Byram says:

    Food, food and more food is the only entertainng tip I have. My family loves to eat.

  373. Amy Delong says:

    my tip only invite people you really want to,makes it easier to entertain!
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  378. Melanie says:

    We like to make chocolate covered pretzels.

  379. Marcia says:

    Kids are so over active at this time of year, so if we are expecting company I try to have a box of ‘quiet time’ books and toys; some easy craft projects too that don’t need much adult interaction.

  380. Rhonda Mason says:

    My best tip is to delegate! We have 25 people here Christmas Eve and everyone chips in. You know the ones who can bake…and the ones that should bring chips, crackers and soda!! 😉
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  383. fancygrlnancy says:

    When it comes to entertaining friends I think the most important thing is to relax and have fun. If your having fun then others will too.

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  390. Steph says:

    My tip is to prepare everything ahead of time so you aren’t sitting in the kitchen the whole time. Lock the dogs in another room so the people you invited, that aren’t into pets don’t have to deal with them.

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  393. Janice Crespo says:

    Try to get as much done the day before the get together. Even the cooking so that everything just has to be reheated and you are free to enjoy the gathering with your friends and family 🙂
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  395. Aleksandra says:

    We host a pot luck – easier to have everyone bring some food!

  396. Leah Walker says:

    The best tip I have found for the holidays is to have a few extra gifts wrapped up for surprise guests. There is nothing more awkward or just plain sad when someone has to sit and watch others open gifts when they have none.

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  402. Gaines Simmons says:

    Family board, card games and sports. It tires out the adults and children. After dinner most every body sleeps well. I am following, liking, joining and subscribing.

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  409. Joyce Harrell says:

    I try to make as many dishes ahead as possible and put them in the freezer. The less time I have to spend in the kitchen, the better, when I have company. That way I can enjoy them too

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  417. Ed Nemmers says:

    Music playing in the background creates a festive environment!

  418. annalene says:

    I love serving tea for the holidays, especially with holiday themed flavors like peppermint, etc (or coffee with holiday themed flavors). The guests love it!

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  423. Emma Peel says:

    A little tip when entertaining your friends with small children is to have everything ready to entertain them in case they get bored or start to act up or cry or whatever that they want to go home. Have things like color books, puzzles, crayons and toys handy and in a box all ready to pull out.

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  427. Debra F says:

    My best tip is to keep it simple and enjoy the holiday with friends and family.

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  433. April says:

    We like to spread the celebrations out so that everyone doesn’t have to choose between one or two things to do on any particular evening. Having your holiday get together early helps everyone.

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  436. Maria P. says:

    We try to prepare as much in advance as possible – this includes any food that can be made ahead of time, setting the table, setting out which serving dish is for which item, etc.

  437. Charity S. says:

    Make sure you have plenty of food and snacks. The holidays make people really hungry.

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  442. MelissaO says:

    Old pictures…everybody loves to reminisce, especially when they’ve not seen each other in a long time.

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  443. Christine says:

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  444. Heather says:

    We always have a table for everybody to make a gingerbread village!

  445. Brandy Byrne says:

    We like to do mini scavenger hunts. I will hide gifts around the house and then guests have to finish their food, then look under the placemat to find their first clue. It’s so fun watching them run all around looking for the next clue and eventually to the gift.

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    Try an old fashioned sing-a-long for lots of fun.

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  459. Amanda S. says:

    We get out Karaoke and that keeps everyone entertained!

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  461. Allison Greene says:

    Try to plan and prepare as much as you can before guests start arriving. Leaving everything til the last minute only makes for a stressful get togetherfor the host

  462. meme says:

    Plan things that the kids can do also that way they will feel like they fit in and everyone will have a good time.

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  464. Natalie U. says:

    going to the bakery and getting decorated sugar cookies that are wrapped in cellophane and putting them on each plate
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  467. Karen says:

    Keep a jigsaw puzzle going on a table that is accessible by all — you’ll be surprised how many people will stop and do that as a social activity.

  468. Theresa H says:

    I always love having and going to potlucks. Less hassle for the host and you get to try lots of different foods.

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  472. Barbara Long says:

    We entertain family by having them come over to help decorate Christmas sugar cookies. We have a bunch of different sprinkles and colored icing to choose from and make a night of it. It’s a nice way to relax for awhile and chat while doing something useful at the same time.

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  473. Auriette says:

    Instead of focusing on gifts and eating, have a caroling party to entertain the neighbors or visit a nursing home or hospital. You’ll have a good feeling and it won’t cost you anything and you won’t gain weight.

  474. Priscilla says:

    A tip for entertaining over the holidays is to have several options in activities and foods. It’s hard to please everyone, but it’s easier when they have lots to choose from.

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  479. kimbly says:

    I love to get everyone together to decorate cookies

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  480. Gianna says:

    Make what you can in advance so you’re not in a hurry.

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  483. Betty C says:

    We like to make cookies with the kids and always have plenty of plain cookies for the little ones to decorate.

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  487. Sand says:

    Prepare as much as possible and ask for help when needed. There are times where I don’t have time to cook and ask everyone to bring something.

  488. Betty C says:

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  490. Sarah L says:

    Do as much in advance as you can so you can enjoy the time with friends, not in the kitchen.
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  492. Shannon says:

    we have fun playing games together or just chatting over good food

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  494. Chrysa says:

    Serve meals where everyone can get involved like tacos or top your own pizzas.

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  505. kathy pease says:

    i usually order meat and roll platters at my supermarket it just makes things so much easier

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  514. R Hicks says:

    One tip is minimize the work especially with cooking. Don’t be shy about ordering food for the party. You can still make a few of your own dishes, but the work load will be easier

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  521. Veronica Garrett says:

    We make sure the guest rooms are comfortable. We try to make our guests feel at home.

  522. Michelle H. says:

    One tip is to have little gifts ready to hand out for when an unexpected guest arrives.

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  525. Justine says:

    I think a good way to entertain visitors over the holidays is to rent movies or games that everyone enjoys..some games for kids and some for the entire family

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  530. dddiva says:

    We have a candy making party- taffy, fudge, brittle, toffee etc

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