This has been a crazy week with shopping for
last minute gifts, making baked goods to share
with neighbors and waiting for deliveries.
And, if your week has been crazy, too
holiday parties, gift and cookie exchanges
and all the merriment that
goes along with the season...
Sometimes the last thing we want to do
when family or company is coming over for dinner is
to set an elaborate table.
Instead, plan on just putting out a few simple china
and crystal pieces that look well together.
This table setting pairs a simple gold charger
with a festive wintertime plate and
jolly red napkins gathered with sparkly napkin rings.
Add just a few gilded nuts or ornaments to your table,
a nice centerpiece, a few candles and call it good.
These two table settings took under five minutes to create.
If you have some leftover garland or tree clippings
add those to your holiday table
as they would make a lovely addition.
Create as much of your meal as you can in advance.
One big trick I like to do is to bake any cakes
I plan on serving on the weekend before and then freeze them.
The morning of the party, just pull out the finished cake and thaw.
By the time of the party, the cake will be ready to serve.
Cookie dough can also be made up, rolled into balls and
frozen too to bake on the day of your party.
Two simple settings and a couple of easy ideas
to help make your party more enjoyable
and give your more time with your guests.
Happy Christmas Eve!