Simple Christmas Entertaining Tips

christmas entertaining tips

The holidays are filled with lots of friends and family gatherings!  Our family loves to entertain so I’m always looking for ways to simplify our Christmas gatherings.  There are so many things you can do to add a personal touch without spending a lot of time on them.

Here are some of my frazzle free entertaining tips.

Simple Christmas Entertaining Tips

1. Don’t bake if you can buy it.  In the picture above you see a delicious Oreo cookie pie.  It’s straight out of the box! But I added this lovely red pie plate I got at JCPenney for a personal touch. You can also do this with cookies and simply place them in the oven or microwave just before serving them so they are warm. JCPenney’s holiday collections will fit both your lifestyle and your wallet.

2. Use scents to create a welcoming ambience.

3. I can’t always clean the whole house before our guest arrive so I quickly sweep across the main areas where our guest will be.

4. If you didn’t have a chance to go out and shop for drinks just add a sprig of mint or lemon and cucumber slices to your water.  It makes for a simple but special drink.

5. I like to play soft music in the background to set the mood.

6. Involve your kids and make it a family affair. They can  help you set the ambiance by making paper snowflakes. Have them help decorate those store bought cookies. Or keep them entertained while you’re busy getting ready get them to make Christmas cards for your guest.

7. Fun napkins always add a punch!

8. And speaking of punch a good punch drink is always a crowd pleaser.  The punch doesn’t have to be a grand affair. Just add a fruity juice to sprite and sorbet and you’re set.

9. You don’t have to serve dinner to entertain a group. Pick a time before or after dinner so people don’t expect a meal.  You can have tea, dessert or an afternoon snack. You can set up easy appetizers like lil’ smokies in the crockpot.  Or a yummy cranberry cream cheese dip. This is delicious and super easy just place some cream cheese in a bowl and top with cranberry sauce and if you want a kick to it add a jar of salsa or chipotle adobe.

10. Remember nature and candles when decorating. Pinecones, pine branches from your Christmas tree, mints or cranberries won’t break your budget.  In a bowl place some pine branches with cranberries and have your tea lights float in it.  Or cluster a bunch of candles and spread some pine cones around at the bottom.

These tips will help you enjoy a stunning and stress free gathering!

What are some of the things you do to to help with simple christmas entertaining tips?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JCPenney. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JCPenney. The opinions and text are all mine.

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5 Responses to “Simple Christmas Entertaining Tips”

  1. Debbie
    December 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    Some great ideas, Mari! I go to other people’s houses and things look so “fancy” and I wish I could do that. Now, you’ve given me some ideas on how to make things look festive, without breaking the bank.

  2. Liesl
    December 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    Great ideas! I think the smells/scents thing is so true! A house that smells good, is so much more festive!! I love the holiday paper Plates too. Makes it fun and easy to clean up.

  3. December 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

    Great ideas!! I love this time of year 🙂

  4. Heather
    December 22, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder that there are simple, concrete simple ideas that can make entertaining guests at Christmas more do-able and fun. Thanks for the advice.

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