Wednesday December 11, 2013
One of my favorite things to make when I host a party is some kind of tempting appetizer. They're usually little indulgences that are both fun and tasty, and most people can't resist the temptation. However, during the busy holidays, or any other season when you feel pressed for time, it's easy to consider dropping this course to make party prep a little simpler. But wouldn't it be sad if there weren't nibbles for when your guests arrive? That's why I decided to sample some of the frozen, easy-to-prepare, appetizer options in my local grocery stores, to see which ones I'd feel comfortable serving to my guests. Here is my list of favorite Tasty Frozen Appetizers for Your Next Party.
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Monday December 9, 2013
Party appetizers may seem a bit like gilding the lily if you have a great meal planned for your guests. But I like to look at them as the warm up routine for my party. Appetizers serve as the opening act as you're waiting for all of the guests to arrive (I don't know a single party where everyone was exactly on time), and it buys me time in the kitchen. Not only do they entertain the expectant guests who have arrived, they also serve as my assistant while I scramble to finish the final dishes. Of course, this strategy only works if you make sure the appetizers are easy, can be arranged hours in advance of the party, and can simply be set out for the first arriving guests. That's why I turn to this collection of very quick and easy hors d'oeuvres and appetizers that can be tossed together, in most cases, in under 10 minutes.
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Friday December 6, 2013
My pile of unwrapped Christmas and hostess gifts is growing. It's like a monster that has taken on a life of its own across my dining room table. It doesn't add much to my seasonal decor. Wrapping is one of my least favorite holiday tasks. Maybe it's because I just never do it as beautifully as some people I know. That's why, before I begin to tackle this task over the weekend, I plan to study this video on How to Wrap a Boxed Present and and maybe then I'll feel better about the task in front of me because I know how beautiful the end result will look.
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Wednesday December 4, 2013
The race to Christmas is on, especially since Thanksgiving fell so late this year. More than ever I feel as though everything can't possibly be done in time. Which is why it's great to have ways to accomplish two things at once. For example, why not entertain and decorate for Christmas at the same time? A Tree Trimming Party is the perfect way to check two things off your list.