Consider a Sunday Brunch with an easy “make ahead” menu: Smoked Salmon with Bagels and all the trimmings, sliced oranges with dried cranberries, cinnamon pecan coffee cake, Vermont cheddar frittata with asparagus and red peppers, and hazelnut chocolate flavored coffee.
Have everything ready to go (music, lighting, appetizers) at least 30 minutes early. Once everything is set up, shower and dress, and emerge a relaxed host/hostess!
It’s fun to give a gift to your guests–I was at a party last week and our host gave every couple a key lime cake, dressed with a vibrant red and green ribbon, and a personalized Merry Christmas card. Wow. If you don’t have access to Florida specialties, consider a set of cheese spreaders, a box of cinnamon apple tea, a coaster set, wine charms, kitchen note pad, pepper, or a cellophane bag of dark chocolate covered almonds-perfect for the drive home!
Bubbly is the best starter to your evening. Set up a table by the entrance to your home, with a bottle of iced champagne and crystal champagne flutes. Add a cranberry or fresh raspberry (even a dash of crème de cassis for a Kir Royal) to each flute and your party is off to a great start.
Our best tip for Holiday Entertaining: Simplify your menus–Find items you can make ahead and don’t stress! Your guests will be so thankful for the invitation to be in your home (there’s no place like home)
Cheers to the holidays and to friendships!