8 Essential Holiday Entertaining Tips

8 Essential Holiday Entertaining Tips

Use these 8 tips to ensure you have everything you need for entertaining this season.



It’s the season of big get-togethers. And big stress, too.

Luckily, the right gear and inspiration can take holiday entertaining stress out of your seasonal list of worries.

Here are eight holiday tips for a sparkling, stress-free season of entertaining. 

1. Tiered Cake Stand
Pile it high with hand pies and cookies, or serve appetizers and snacks from its tiers. The stand can also be used as a festive table decoration.

You don’t have to only serve food on it either! A tiered cake stand with pinecones, acorns, ornaments and other holiday treasures on its levels makes for a pretty centerpiece.

Tip: Make your own cake stand using three cake pans or plates as tiers and two candlesticks, overturned goblets or mugs as supports. Adhere with epoxy glue. Leave it as is for an eclectic feel, or paint it to match your existing décor.

2. Tablecloth
It doesn’t just decorate the table — it also protects it. To make any store-bought tablecloth more meaningful, turn it into a family tree with fabric markers and iron-on transfers, or try some patchwork with the family. You’ll create great memories and can continually add on to it as the years go by.

3. Trivets
Colorful felt trivets help keep counters and tables from getting scorched by piping hot dishes and can also add pops of color and accents to your table. 

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4. Cleaning Kit
For a home that stays sparkling clean through all the holiday hustle and bustle, gather together products you know you can count on. You don’t want to be searching the whole house for what you need, so be sure to keep them all in a central location.

5. Food Storage Containers
Stock up now so you’re ready to refrigerate leftovers later. To save even more time, portion leftovers into full meals to warm up later and then freeze what you won’t eat in three or four days. Create labels for your containers using sticker paper. 

6. Cooking Utensils
The right gear helps you stay quick and nimble in the kitchen. Be sure to collect your kitchen essentials for all your holiday cooking and while you’re at it, grab an extra set for any gourmands or budding chefs on your gift list. 

7. Place Cards
Nothing makes guests feel more special than fun, fanciful place cards handcrafted just for them. Bonus: No more musical chairs! 

8. Backup Nibbles
Entertaining holiday drop-ins on the fly is easy when you always have chips, dips, cheeses and other small bites on hand. 

What are your tips for a stress-free entertaining season? Log in or register for P&G everyday and let us know in the comments section below!

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