RMM - Dec-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Beer is more difficult to serve since most people have specific preferences. Let your guests know ahead of time what you’ll be serving so they can bring something else if they prefer. Christmas is also a fun time to try out a new mixed drink recipe. Many people love eggnog and will be expecting it, but you can also have fun with things like warm ciders, cranberry cocktails and even drinks with cinnamon and other festive spices. When it comes to alcohol, you’re always better off having too much than not having enough on hand. And of course, as a responsible host, make sure anyone who is drinking has a safe ride home from your house.

Another idea is to prepare extra meals the week before and freeze them so you can just pop them in the oven during your busy week. 7. Pick foods that can be prepared early. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing a big meal on Christmas Day (or on any other holiday you celebrate), make as many things ahead of time as you can. Most desserts can be prepared and bought in advance, so start there. Pick something with a long shelf life. Other items that can be prepared early are some casseroles, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and some versions of squash dishes. You can get ahead at your own speed, moving at your own pace, while reducing the load you have on Christmas.

STEP 4: Don’t forget the drinks.

Whether you plan to provide alcoholic beverages or prefer that your guests bring their own, make sure everyone is on the same page. If you’re serving alcohol at your party, it’s important to provide different options that everyone will like. Prosecco is a great option for celebrations, as are champagne and wine. If you plan to serve wine, make sure you have dry/sweet and white/red varieties available.

8. Host a potluck. Who doesn’t love a potluck?

Everyone feels involved when they bring something themselves. A great idea is to cook the main dish or two yourself. Then, ask your guests to bring their favorite sides, desserts, and other parts of the meal. Make a list of suggested items, and ask everyone two weeks ahead of time what they can bring. For 8-10 people, you usually need 2-3 appetizers, 3-4 sides, and 1-2 main dishes.

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