The holidays are supposed to be a time to unwind with your loved ones, but if you are in charge of hosting the family get-together, it can be anything but relaxing. Use these tips to prep your kitchen for your guests and take some of the stress out of the holidays.
Clean and tidy up.
This is the number one item on most of our to-do lists. Even if your house isn’t perfectly clean all of the time, you at least want your guests to believe it is. In addition to the common areas (living room, dining room, bathroom), you will want to pay extra attention to your kitchen. Don’t forget to clean out the inside of your refrigerator, wash all of your dishes, and wipe down your counter tops.
Take an inventory of your food.
Picture this: it’s the big day. Your family is over your house, stomachs rumbling with hunger. You’re preparing your main course, and suddenly you realize that you are missing a key ingredient. Don’t let this happen to you, take a thorough inventory of all of your food now. Plan your menu, double- and triple-check the recipes, and make sure you have everything you need.
Invest in a cooler.
When you are busy cooking in the kitchen, you don’t want your guests funneling in and out to get drinks from the refrigerator. Avoid this problem by keeping a well-stocked cooler in your living room, this will help keep your kitchen clear of traffic so you can focus on your food.
Pre-set your table.
After you have finished cooking, the last thing you want to worry about is setting the table. Luckily, this can be done well in advanced before your guests even arrive. Help lessen the burden on yourself by setting the table one or two days before your party.
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