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My favorite holiday parties are the ones that happen at the last minute with little to no planning yet turn out to be soul warming events all thanks to great food, drinks, ambiance and of course the company. Life is crazy. Schedules are crazy. So sometimes calendar gods align and you jump at hosting a get together. You are probably thinking, there’s no way you aren’t running around like chicken with its head cut off at the last minute. So I’m going to let you in on a few of my secrets.
I Keep Versatile Foods Stocked at All Times
Jus-Rol™ Round & Thin Pizza Crust is a great example of something I always have on hand. From full blown dinner, to happy hour with appetizers, to a Sunday Brunch, the possibilities are endless. You can bake up the best trattoria-style pizza this side of Italy or you can easily produce authentic thin and crispy creations like crackers for dipping you can even roll-up the ingredients to create incredible calzones. And the best part, the baking paper means no-mess cleanup. Jus-Rol’s™ Large, Family Size Crust is Non-GMO, with no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or bleached flour. It is suitable for Vegetarians and Made in the USA with the finest US and imported ingredients.
Nothing spices up a meal and makes it special like flavor. And as much as I would love a fresh herb garden right in my own home, I’m just not there yet. Dorot Gardens to the rescue! Now don’t sleep on these. These aren’t only for the parties. These are amazing for everyday use! Dorot Gardens pre-portioned garlic, onions and herbs eliminate chopping and measuring, making it effortless to season and flavor your cooking. At peak freshness, these products are pulled from the fields, processed and flash frozen into convenient trays within 90 minutes of harvest. Talk about FRESH! With a two year shelf life you can have fresh Garlic, Onions and Herbs year round with the simple “pop” of the tray. When I tell you my goals is to always figure out a way to save time in the kitchen so I can spend time with guest or families I mean it.
Elevated Snacks Mixes like RECIPE 33. Think elevated Almond Mom. If you know you know! Almonds are one of my favorite foods to keep on hand. But these aren’t just your regular almonds. Through a unique process, RECIPE 33 discovered a way to infuse nuts with natural flavors. They use real ingredients, with no artificial seasoning found in regular flavored nuts. Smoky serrano has the dried peppers, garlic dill has garlic chips and dried dill, lemon rosemary has lemon wedges and sprigs of rosemary, cinnamon vanilla has cinnamon stick and dried vanilla bean pods. They are great for snack options, but are also amazing at dressing up your salads or leveling up your next charcuterie board. And because they are infused with flavor you don’t have to worry about messy hands all over your clean sofa! #lifehack.
And they were amazing to give a coupon code for you to try. Code: TryRECIPE33 HERE.
Keep the Bar Stocked
I’m not a huge drinker, but I’m a huge believer in keeping my bar stocked for special occasions! And that’s alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and kid friendly drinks! I also love to keep coffee and teas ready to go! I always have a bottle of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix but now they have made it even more convenient to make the perfect beverage. Zing Zang Cocktails® have us covered! Ready-to-drink, canned cocktails in both Bloody Mary and Mango Margarita flavors. These new ready-to-drink cocktails, combine the great tasting mixes we have all come to love with premium spirits, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a delicious, quality cocktails. They are made with all-natural ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes or preservatives. With a 9% ABV they are equivalent of two cocktails per can. Pour over ice in a beautiful glass with fun garnishes! Cheers!
Wanting to have a special drink for a special occasion? Running Press – Bar Menu is a book I keep around to craft unforgettable happy-hours at home. Over 100+ globally inspired food recipes (each containing a drink idea) plus 30+ actual cocktail recipes makes this the perfect book for throwing a get together. Quick history lessons, plus tricks and tips on everything from curating menus to batching drinks for a crowd of family and friends. So if you want to add an activity to your get together, consider a drink making class using Running Press – Bar Menu The full-color photographs throughout, make it a beautiful book for the coffee table.
It’s All in the Details
Last but not least, a last minute get together needs Punchbowl. A great way to zhuzh up your get together is by sending an online invitation from Punchbowl. We all know we check out emails more than we check out mailboxes anyways. So many personalized designs from the Holiday Invitation Collection. You can even add features like a potluck list or poll to determine your signature cocktail. Building your guest list is also so easy. Just import phone numbers or email addresses from your contacts. Connect guests on your guest list so they can RSVP. Then send and way for those RSVP to roll in! Invites delivered instantly by text or email.
Holiday decor makes this the easiest part! Your home is already decorated. Turn on some twinkly lights. Light a candle and turn on some tunes. Voila! Done. Also disposable plates and utensils have come along way. No need to spend all night cleaning up after. Grab some beautiful disposable dishes and enjoy your evening as host.
I love a good theme party! And it doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Think Tacky Christmas sweater, pajama party (I will always attend a get together where I don’t have to put on real pants), Ornament Exchange. Remember it can be super easy!