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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Easy Holiday Entertaining and Doggy Gluttony

The holidays are once again upon us.  Are you ready? I enjoy this season when friends and family members pop in for casual get togethers. Over the years I have found several easy solutions that keep our home always ready for happy visits.

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In a past post I talked about the importance of washing all of your once a year glassware and dishes ahead of time to insure that when you do reach for these pieces, they are free from dust and grime.
I recently spent one morning polishing every bit of silver in my house and ironing several sets of cloth napkins in preparation for impromptu parties. EASY BUTTON: You can also keep fun sets of paper plates, cups and napkins on hand.



But what to serve? I like to keep olives, nuts, chocolates, candies, gourmet cheese and crackers on hand. Drink wise I love flavorful syrups to add to sparking water. Common hot cocoa becomes something special by adding decadent marshmallows. Mulling spice quickly raises common apple juice or red wine to festive holiday cheer. My family knows that the items kept on the tray in our pantry (the cheese is refrigerated) are for special occasions and not everyday gluttony. Everything keeps very well and if anything is leftover, it is enjoyed at our New Year’s feast.

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Of course one member of the family often forgets the “no gluttony” rule. But I am still very thankful for him.

How do you prepare for the holidays?

Many thanks to those of you who responded to my excited pleading to visit my daughter HERE.
She has her first working post up today. 
Laura

15 comments :

Blondie's Journal said...

Great tips for the holidays...I will have to remember to have these goodies on hand! Thanks, Laura!

XO,
Jane

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura,
What great tips and advice. I love the idea of setting a time apart to do the silver and iron. I love to polish silver, but not ironing. So the idea of getting it done and out of the way is so appealing to me.

Having a pantry full of great goodies to pull out at a moments notice is another very practical and useful idea. I need to do a little restocking. I am going to make a couple of sweet treats to have on hand in my freezer too!

Wonderful reminder! Beautiful picture of the silver... made me swoon!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
Yvonne

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOODINESS!!! You doggy is just soooooooooooo CUTE! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I went over and gave a thumbs up to your adorable girl yesterday. So exciting for her (and you of course). Be sure to let us know whenever she's got a post up there and we can hop over and thumbs up away. I like your idea of keeping the "just in cases" in their own place, I don't do that and they tend to get gobbled up. Going to try that out this year.

Bloggymom said...

Wonderful ideas! Beautiful silver.

Privet and Holly said...

I am a big fan
of talented daughters
and will pop over
to see the UO blog,
now!!! Love your
easy button option!
And that first pic
of the table is so
simple and calm....
I love it. I also
need to watch your
dog's video. So
much to take in here,
today, Miz Laura!!!
Happy Thanksgiving!
xx Suzanne

April said...

Rudi is a cutie! Caught in the act and wearing the evidence...love it!
Beautiful pictures of the table, and I really LIKE your idea about keeping the "special" foods somewhere ELSE. My attempts at stocking up have been foiled repeatedly by hungry munchers.
:)

Connie said...

Aren't the holidays a wonderful time of year, sugar?! I love just walking around and viewing the "happiness" you can feel in the air.
xoxo,
Connie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Good tips, Laura. I am actually planning on washing all my stuff tomorrow when I get home from the day job. I'll get my table set then, too. I like to keep some things on hand, too, even a few ingredients for some things I make that whip up quickly and they go over so well.

Lisa said...

Wonderful ideas! I love your pantry stash.:)

Crystal said...

Thanks for these tips on washing and preparing the dishes ahead of time! This definitely helps and will be one last thing to think about on Thanksgiving day. Cute dog too!

Karena said...

Very good ideas Laura, saves stress at Holiday time to do ahead!!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

The Boston Lady said...

Hi Laura! So exciting for the Fashionista. Will go take a look at her first post. What do I do to prepare for the holidays? Hmmmmmm. Well, panic is definitely involved, but then everything seems to settle in place and it goes rather smoothly. But, again. Panic first. Ann

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

The best tip is always be prepared. Do I sound like a scout? If not, just turn out the lights and hide until they leave.
:)

I can't find your daughter's post. I did give her a thumbs up yesterday and encouraged some others to do the same.

Your Friend,
Deborah

French Basketeer.com said...

I'm whipping it all up tomorrow! I love all the tips, I love the selection of cheeses and goodies....