Thank you to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share some of our favorite holiday entertaining ideas. As always, opinions are 100% my own.
Most of us lead busy lives (particularly around the holidays), making it far too easy to get wrapped up in the “small stuff” (shopping, decorating, baking and everything else) that goes along with Christmas. I tend to immerse myself in all the season has to offer, but the one thing I felt I was missing out on so many years was sharing some good cheer with our nearby family and friends. If the house wasn’t decorated perfectly or I hadn’t met my quota of baked goods tucked away in the freezer (oh my!), or too much stuff was still on “the list,” I’d simply dismiss the idea of having guests over before Christmas. I know, so silly!
I think what turned the tables for me was taking the whole idea of entertaining down a few notches from where I had built it up in my head. I realized I had made it way too complicated and all we needed was great conversation and interaction with the people we adored . No fancy appetizers or cocktails (unless I was feeling inspired and ambitious), just honest-to-goodness simple food and drinks that required little preparation, but held their own on taste and style. Are you with me?
What I’m talking about is so easy and simple that you can pull it off in a moment’s notice! All it requires is having the right supplies and tools beforehand.
To start with, I suggest stocking your pantry and fridge with a few essentials. The list of food items we always like to have on hand during the holiday season is olives, cheese, grapes, dried figs, nuts, savory jam, cured meats, artisanal bread and crisps. Occasionally, I purchase jarred tapenade or antipasto, but it’s super easy to throw your own together (we’ll get to that later).
For drinks, we stock our beverage fridge with wine, prosecco and a variety of beer. We also have soda water, lemons, limes and cranberry juice on hand, as well as a few types of hard liquor. I find that most people are flexible when it comes to beverages, so don’t worry about having everything under the moon!
Once your kitchen and bar are stocked, it’s time to make sure you have beautiful serveware. I find that how you display your food is just as important as what’s being served. We all eat with our eyes first, and arranging simple food on a handmade bread and oil board like the one found here is so chic!
Another idea for presenting food is using a slate board where you can write the names of each variety of cheese with soapstone chalk. It literally takes minutes to throw together, but gives the personal touch your guests will appreciate.
Having the right utensils, like this beautiful cheese knife and slicer set, make serving a whole lot easier.