|Holiday Entertaining is a SNAP with my helpful tips. Designer Ray & I at Christo Fifth Ave.|
On Location Holiday Entertaining
If you do not have enough seating space or are unable to cook and serve an entire holiday meal at your home, consider hosting your banquet at a restaurant. Most establishments allow your to bring your own spirits and you can even choose to have your guests served simply cocktails or coffee and dessert. This is a lot less of a hassle for you and they can go to Grandma's if they want turkey and all the trimmings! The main thing is that you still get to play the gracious host and spend some quality time with friends and family.
|Can't cook? Make reservations! The Lighthouse Restaurant-Chelsea Piers, NYC|
I admit that I love cooking and host a traditional holiday dinner at my house for nearly every special day starting with Thanksgiving. I've learned to take the pressure off by setting out chilled Sewansecott oysters and clams, deviled eggs, cheese and crackers, coffee, tea, etc. for guests to help themselves too while I tend to the turkey.
|Healthy Holiday Snacking-Lance Whole Grain Cheddar Cheese Crackers|
|Tea, preserves, Hum Bugs and biscuits by Crabtree and Evelyn for my guests|
If this is your first time hosting a holiday dinner, there is nothing wrong with asking your guests to pitch in. You can even use little chalk boards as shown here to show the name of the dish and who made it. Again, laying everything out buffet style allows guests to help themselves.
|Serving guests buffet style|
|My Apple Crisp: Pies like these can be brought in by guests.|
It's always good to offer wine to go with those cheese and crackers. Your guests can help themselves to premixed drinks, cocktails and delicious wines if you make them available buffet style. You might want to try Lo Fruit Organolicious Real Fruit Blend Beverage in Mango & Pomegranate Mojito and Acai-Blue naturally flavored concentrates. These offer a low glycemic index and mix great in all sorts of drink recipes. Here's one from the Ultimate Bar Book The Comprehensive Guide to over 1,000 Cocktails by Mittie Hellmich:
Old San Juan Bar Recipe
1 1/2 ounces of Gold Rum
1/2 ounce Lo Fruit Pomegranate Mojito
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Garnish with Lime Wedge
Shake the liquid ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain off ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Run the lime wedge around the rim, squeeze it over the drink and drop it in.
|Pour a drink for yourself and spend time with guests!|
|Oysters Rockefeller at the bar.|
Showing Off the Main Event-Presenting the Roast
So this is your time to shine! If you've followed my tips here, you will have more time for yourself and the roast turkey or baked ham. Take off that apron, slip on some heels and a pretty cocktail dress to bring your creation to the table...in style! Here is where you should invest a little in your cookware. I roast AND serve my turkey in a Mauviel of France Copper Roasting Pan.
|Mauviel Copper Roaster with Rack|
and Creekside Farms French Herb Wreath
Serving your roast is your Ta-Dah moment so bask in it!
|Make the perfect presentation! Mauviel of France|
Holiday Hair and Makeup by Ray - Top Designer, Christo Fifth Ave., NYC
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