It’s no secret that I am no fan of winter. If you live up north like we do now, you know just how cold, cold is and I can barely survive the frozen temperatures. Even though I would happily leave behind the cold, but there is nothing I love more than Thanksgiving and Christmas! Best holidays of the year, hands down!
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving and Christmas is all of the family and friend gatherings. Opening your home to those you love and serving up everyone’s true love language, food. Nothing is better.
If you will be opening your home this season, here are a few tips that I use when I am hosting over the holidays.
Clean Your Fridge
There are few things more appealing than a clean and well-organized fridge. Chances are, your fridge is also the most neglected appliance in your home. Before you host for the holidays, spend just a little bit of time cleaning out and organizing your fridge. Then, when someone opens it up to grab the butter or to chill their yummy dessert, they won’t be turned off by your two-week-old leftovers that somehow spilled over. Better yet, get a new smudge proof black stainless steel fridge by Frigidaire Gallery and the outside of your fridge will look as good as the inside. With this fridge, there are 100 different ways to arrange the adjustable shelves and drawers so you can easily fit the turkey, stuffing, and a bunch of delicious sides nicely inside.
Organize Your Kitchen
The more organized your kitchen is, the easier it will be for you to cook a large, complicated meal. I highly recommend spending just an hour, tossing out broken kitchen tools and mixed matched dishes that seem to gather over time. Make sure that your kitchen has a good flow and is organized well enough that someone who isn’t familiar with your kitchen, can easily find their way around.
Kids serve themselves
I love to make my home very kid-centric. I generally try and serve a meal that involves kid participation. Examples of this type of food would be pizza, tacos, or chili with a toppings bar. For the winter holidays, you are probably going to be serving a more traditional meal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t include the kids. Try setting up a kids’ table complete with mini serving dishes so kids can easily serve themselves. This keeps the kids entertained, encourages braver eating habits, and allows parents to dig into their own plates a little faster.
Schedule a Cleaning Service
Most of the focus is on cleaning before company comes over, but it is equally important to get you home back in order after everyone leaves. I highly recommend scheduling a cleaning service the day after a holiday gathering so that you take a much-needed break after days of planning, prepping, and probably stressing. A regular housekeeping service isn’t in our budget, but having someone come every now and then its something I am more than willing to save up for and splurge on.
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Most importantly, enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with your closest friends and family. If your kitchen is newly renovated and extremely organized or if it is very old and extra disorganized, the love that comes from serving a hot meal to those around you is the most important part of the holiday season.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.