Creating A Stress-Free Holiday Meal

 

Holidays are a great time for families and friends to get together usually over a meal or some kind of food. If you are the one in charge of planning, preparing and serving that meal, though, it can also be a very stressful time. Below are a few tips for you to keep in mind when planning your big holiday meal.

Plan Ahead

The easiest way to help you plan ahead for your big meal is to make lists. From a grocery list to a guest list, having things on paper can help you visualize how many you are going to feed and how many servings you will need to prepare. Just like a good caterer, knowing these two critical items will help you understand how early you need to start.

Make Ahead

To save you time, and unwanted stress, prepare as much as you can in advance. Some desserts, casseroles, and soups are all good ideas to make ahead of time because they can easily be reheated. If you have multiple items that need to be served warm or require long, stove-top cooking, use the crock-pot to put things on early and get them out of the way.

Be Prepared

Look at your menu and inventory all the ingredients you already have in the pantry. If items are missing, shop early because your grocery could run out. Moreover, grocery stores are sometimes closed on holidays, and the chances of your gas station having poultry seasoning are slim. Stock more of things that you could need extra of that day as well (i.e. ice, chicken stock, napkins).

Prepare Your Kitchen and Your Home

The last thing you want to be doing on the day of is cleaning house or counting forks and spoons. Along with making sure your home is ready for a large number of people to sit and eat, it’s also important to make sure your kitchen is prepared as well. Do you have enough pots and pans? Is your roasting pan large enough? If you answered no, remember to ask family and friends if they have things first. No need to spend money on a pan you may use once a year.

Don’t be Afraid to Say YES

If a guest is coming over and they offer to bring something, say YES! Not only would you love to get one thing off your list, but your guests generally would like to contribute as well. Even if it’s just a gallon of tea or bottle of wine, some things can always be enjoyed once the guests are gone!

This article was written exclusively for www.theshoppingmom.com by LowCountry Barbecue, proud to be a leading Atlanta caterer, serving families and businesses for over 25 years. LowCountry Barbecue specializes in catering events all over the country; no location is too far and no party is too much.
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