Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

6 tips for easy holiday entertaining

‘Tis the season for all things merry & bright… and if you are like me, you might have some holiday parties and entertaining on the calendar as well.

This time of year is so full of magic and wonder and beauty – and busy. So something I like to do to keep the to-do list under control when it comes to entertaining is to tackle a few things ahead of time, and use some of my secrets for easy holiday entertaining.

1. Go faux

We are talking faux garland here. On the table, nothing is more gorgeous at Christmas time than a beautiful fresh garland down the center as a starting point for your table setting. But you know what, you can’t leave that garland there for too long as it will start to dry out. So the best alternative? Going faux. A faux garland such as this magnolia garland is beautiful and it will last all season long. You can also use a faux  pine garland and tuck flowers and other festive accents into it right before the party.

2. Bring on the candles

I love incorporating lanterns and candles on the table, and with the realistic Miracle Flame faux candles I can leave them flickering away all night long without worry of them starting a fire or melting down to nothing.

3. Serve it up casual style

Who doesn’t love to nibble on delicious bits like nuts, dried fruits, and a sampling of decadent cheeses? Cheese and fruit boards are a big hit in our house, and this one is so easy to put together and serve. Grab your favorites and arrange on this Wine Barrel Lazy Susan for a bit of extra charm and fun.

4. Add a little twinkle magic

Ambiance is always key to any successful dinner party or event, but stringing lights takes some planning ahead and may involve a bit of untangling and frustration. A simple and easy solution that adds an abundance of charm without all the tangles is a beautiful Fairy String Light Cloche. They come in 2 sizes and even better, they are battery operated which means you can march several of them down the table and enjoy their glow easily.

5. Keep it simple

When it comes to food planning and desserts, keep it simple. They don’t have to be involved to make or take days of cooking and baking ahead of time. A favorite last minute tip is to purchase a bakery dessert and customize it with berries, chocolate scrapings, or even a delicious salted caramel sauce.

6. Relax and enjoy

Perhaps the best tip for easy entertaining during the holidays is to do as much as you can ahead of time – food, ambience, table setting, etc. – so that you can relax and enjoy the evening with friends and family instead of spending the party running back and forth from the kitchen.

Christmas is such a magic-filled wonderful time of year. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas season!!

About the Author
Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle & design inspiration and the ongoing renovations of her 1940's cottage.

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