Pelham - Windham News
10 - December 4, 2009
Stop, look, and listen your way into stress-free entertaining
Shhh! Don’t look now, but treated special. Your guests are
the days are getting shorter and no different. Whether it’s an
the holidays will be here before impromptu gathering at your
you know it. This year, when house after a school concert
you turn the pages on your or a full-blown dinner party,
calendar, have no fear. Holiday it’s always good to keep a few
entertaining at home can be holiday treats on hand, ready to ���� ��
as easy as pie if you remember use at a moment’s notice.
what your mother taught you Check your pantry and freez-
when crossing the street: Stop. er. Do you have plenty of holi-
Look. And listen. The same les- day snacks, ready to heat and
son applies to entertaining. serve? How about some special
Nov. 27 - Dec. 24
Stop the madness. The biggest holiday treats, like scrump-
obstacle to easier entertaining tious cheese and sausage trays
is a Pollyanna perception of the and delectable desserts? The
perfect party. Even some of the Swiss Colony has been helping
youngest hostesses remember hostesses offer exceptionally
stories of days gone by where entertaining holiday treats for
end of the night and the smiles and you’re fresh out of wine, a
the hostess comes out of the 80 years, helping to make every
on everyone’s faces. Now that’s great holiday gift basket with
kitchen, looking like a cover visitor feel like an honored
entertaining. hand-decorated sweets, ﬂ avored
girl, bringing out tray after tray guest. In addition to the tried
Listen to your guests and cheeses, or delicious pastries
of homemade appetizers and and true, try something new.
to your inner voice. Whether might be just the ticket. There
desserts that she’s slaved over Offer bite-size pieces of many
you’re trying to entice your are lots of ways to simplify en-
for weeks. Thankfully, the different taste sensations. Rule
guests to try something new, or tertaining and stay within your
reality is the world of entertain- of thumb: ﬁ gure 10 appetizers/
ensure they have their favor- budget. A little browsing can do
ing has changed signiﬁ cantly. bite-sized desserts per person.
ite taste of the holiday on the wonders.
With a little attitude adjustment Sometimes a few minutes spent
menu when they’re visiting, or So this year, when the
combined with some simple online at www.swisscolony.com
even listening for that special thought of entertaining starts to
planning, every gathering is a can save you untold hours of
tip on what to get them if the make you nervous, remember
great opportunity to connect preparation time and stress—al-
next holiday gathering is at their that hospitality isn’t about the
with those who should be the lowing you more time to spend
home, it always pays to listen. If house, the food or the decora-
main focus of the party: your with your loved ones. Stock
your guest raves about a certain tions. It’s about the richness of
guests. Focus on what they love plenty of good coffee, sparkling
treat or ﬂ avor, make a note the moments spent with family
and you’ll win every time. water, wine, and beer, and
of it and add it to your list of and friends. Sit back and enjoy.
Look for ways to make your you’ll be in good shape.
potential host gifts. If the party
guests feel special. We can And the results: just take a
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all agree that it’s nice to be look at the empty platters at the
Time-saving tips for an
The holiday season is a time to spend with friends and family, but
is very often characterized by the need for a lot of multi-tasking.
Here are four easy-to-follow tips to help you smooth out your to-do
list and make the most out of the holidays this year.
1. Home decorating in a snap. To make decorating easy, purchase
decorations that are pre-lit, easy to hang, and require little-to-no
assembly. When the holidays are over, be sure to neatly organize
all of the decorations in weather-proof storage containers. This will
guarantee all of your decorations remain intact, orderly, and acces-
sible for next year.
2. Dress to impress. Instead of taking time out of your schedule
to bring clothes to the dry cleaner, press clothes at home by using
a quality product such as the Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer.
Its versatility and simple-to-use design allows you to use stron-
ger steam for heavy materials or a lighter touch for those delicate
household items. The iron delivers professional steaming results so
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without having to take them to the cleaners,” says “The Queen of
Steam,” Barbara Zagnoni. “When you need to save time and money,
the best way to care for your linens is to take care of them at home.”
For immaculate ironing down to the smallest detail, there is the
Rowenta Steamium, which features a new Piezo pump system that
forces steam into fabrics with a focused steam burst. The result is
professional-looking results with minimal effort, every time.
3. Shop with ease. There are often many gifts to purchase and
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little time to shop. This year, take your holiday shopping online and
have the gifts delivered right to your door. For the hard-to-buy-for
person on your list, eliminate time spent wrapping and opt for gift
and Candy Canes!
cards you can customize with friendly and seasonal gift card hold-
ers available at your local convenience store.
Lots of Raffles!
4. Meal preparation. For a spin on the traditional dinner, ask
guests to bring one food item—preferably something they are
known for making really well. Then, invest in some easy-to-prepare
appetizers or desserts at the grocery store. Spend an hour the night
before the party prepping your dish and you’ll ﬁ nd yourself with
more time to put the ﬁ nishing touches on your family and home.
The holidays should be about
quality time with friends and
family and less about your to-do Sunday
list. By following these simple
tips, you can get the most out of
your holiday season.
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