You might be celebrating the fact that your Christmas turkey turned out perfectly (not too dry, I hope) and that you survived the family antics and drama that come with the Holiday season. If you’re like me though, hosting holiday get togethers are only the beginning. Now begins a whole new year of birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations requiring the hosting of dinner parties.
How do you ensure they go off without a hitch? Here are a few simple tips and tricks that will make every meal a hit and help you host the best stress-free dinner parties.
Make a list and check it twice.
There are great organizational apps (I like to think of them as my virtual assistant) that can help you prioritize. From stocking up your pantry and creating menu ideas to managing RSVP lists, storing these items in one place can help you organize and strike off those to-dos! Plus, the feeling of accomplishment you get when you check an item off your list is always a bonus (whether it’s on paper or on your phone!)
Get the fancy silverware and dishes ready.
Dinner parties mean bringing out your best silverware and serving dishes. To refresh your silver, try Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Just rub a paste of three-parts Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and one-part water onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Then rinse thoroughly and your dinnerware will be sparkling-ready to impress your guests!
Keep messes to a minimum.
Having a trusted stain fighter on-hand to tackle those spills and stains is a must! My go-to products are the OxiClean MaxForce Foam Laundry Pre-Treater and MaxForce Spray Laundry Pre-Treater. Both can treat wine stains, gravy spills and stains from sticky fingers to keep linens and napkins table-ready for the next celebration. The Pre-treaters can stand for up to a week before washing.
Treat yourself to that fancy latte, a manicure, or extra hour in bed without the guilt! You deserve it for all your hard work, and it may be just what you need to keep your spirits up and stay energized for your next dinner party!
What are your tips for easing dinner party prep and clean-up stress? I’d love to hear them!
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!