I love all the entertaining, beautiful holiday décor, and visiting with friends and family during the holiday season. It can be challenging to keep the balance of enjoying the holidays and not stressing over things that need to be done. The to-do list seems to double or triple in some cases. This week, I am offering tips that can help reduce the stress that may occur this fun holiday season, or you find yourself over-booked.
How-to tips when spilling accidents occur:
Unfortunately, accidents happen! These scenarios have happened to me, and I had to find solutions and wanted to share them with you.
- How to remove wax from your wood dining table.
- How to remove wax from a tablecloth.
- How to remove red wine stains from carpet or upholstery. By the way, there is a red wine stain remover that you can purchase from Amazon, Wine Away, always good to have on hand.
Last minute appetizer ideas:
Keep on hand in your pantry and refrigerator the following: An 8 oz log of plain chevre (goat cheese) according to Epicurious, “Vacuum-wrapped chevre from the grocery store can keep, unopened, for at least two months.” Toppings that you can easily pull together:
- Jarred olive tapenade – place the unwrapped cheese on a lovely plate, and top with the tapenade, serve with veggies, crackers or both.
- Fig Preserves or Jam and shelled-pistachios – warm the preserves (or use honey) with a small amount of apple cider vinegar to thin it a bit. Chop up the pistachios and sprinkle over the cheese and keep a few boxes of crackers in the pantry to serve with the cheese.
- Fresh parsley or any herbs that can be chopped up – make a mixture of the chopped fresh herbs with coarsely ground pepper and roll the goat cheese in the mix. To learn the best way to store fresh herbs so they last longer, click here.
Have on hand a variety of crackers (keep on hand gluten free for those friends that may have a sensitivity, this brand can be found at most groceries, the Sea Salt one is tasty.)
Last minute hostess gifts:
The key to this suggestion is having purchased a few items ahead of time and having them on hand. I like to give a lovely gift bag of flavored balsamic and olive oil. My personal favorite is the Pear Balsamic, delicious for dressing a holiday salad! If you are in the Philadelphia area there are several options to purchase unique kinds of vinegar and oils; for example, at King of Prussia Mall (at the Court between Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s) visit Terra Olive & Balsamic and pick up an assortment of flavored balsamic and yummy olive oil. Be sure to have holiday gift bags on hand so you can grab and go!
Everyone loves a beautiful seasonal bouquet- add extra time to leave your home and pick up a floral arrangement that most florists will have on hand during the holiday season for quick pick up.
Tips on wrapping gifts:
Most large department stores and malls offer a wrapping station where they will take care of wrapping gifts for you. However, wrapping doesn’t have to be a challenge, click here for present wrapping tips. Also, if you are looking to have specialized bows or to save money, make your bows! Using wired ribbon of your choice, create a single-ribbon bow or a double-ribbon bow.
I hope these tips come in handy for you! If you have any time-saving tips, please share them. Enjoy all of the festivities of the season!
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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.