Relax, It's Just a Holiday Open House
Don't stress out over a formal sit-down dinner. Instead, connect with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can share a drink and something good to eat, and guests can come and go as they please.
Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved
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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved
A Win-Win for All
Date & Time
The Main Course
Salads & Sides
Passing It Along
1: Lists of what to buy (and when — shop for nonperishables, including all drinks, as far in advance as you can).
2: Lists of tasks that need accomplishing — everything from buying and arranging flowers, to ironing linens, to setting up the bar, to figuring out where people will hang their coats, to stocking the bathroom with towels and soap, to buying and putting out candles. Plan out what can be made ahead, and especially what can be frozen.
3: A timeline for the day of: what needs to happen and what gets served when, so nothing gets lost (and name who is responsible for each item!).
If you’re not so clear about how much food to buy and serve, check out this helpful guide.