‘Tis the season for all the holiday parties! Planning holiday parties and family dinners can often times feel a bit overwhelming. For the longest time, I was perfectly content attending and not hosting. All the cleaning and prep while still maintaining every day life just felt like a huge burden. Most recently though, I’ve come to terms with the feeling that I have to take on everything by myself. That just isn’t the case! I’m here to share my secret(s) to a stress-free holiday party this season!
3 Secrets to a Stress-Free Holiday Party
1. Plan Your Menu
Laid back, casual gatherings are my absolute favorite! Opt for pot-luck style, catering, or a combination of both. Chopping veggies and fruits for charcuterie boards can be tedious. One of my favorite grocery markets has some of the freshest catering trays that will save you so much time! Sprouts can take care of all your food needs with their catering trays like fresh fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, deli trays and cookies. There are so many options to choose from and can be picked up within 48 hours of ordering! (Side note: Sprouts Fully Prepared Meals are so delicious as well! We ordered the Natural Turkey Meal for Thanksgiving with all the trimmings!)
When picking up the catering trays, add in Sprouts Organic crackers to pair with their cheese tray. The Sprouts Brazilian Cheese Rolls are a great appetizer option and pair well with a marinara sauce. If you’re looking for dessert options, try the Sprouts Creme Brulee or Cocoa Hazelnut Filled Churros, both found in the frozen section with quick bake times. Sprouts foods always taste so fresh and at an affordable price.
2. Set Up a Drink Station
No one wants to man a bar the entire night…at least I know I don’t! Set up a drink station where guests can pour their own beverages. I love serving up large batches of our Holiday Sangria, Coquito, or even a slow cooker cider. The alcohol is already in the drink, so all your guests need to do is pour into a cup and enjoy!
3. Keep It Simple
Don’t feel like you need to overdo it with decor and food prep! Simple holiday decor is both classy and less overwhelming. Planning your holiday party at the right time will help keep the menu light and therefore cleanup to a minimum as well. Disposable utensils and dinnerware make cleanup a breeze. Most importantly, make Sprouts your one-stop shopping place for all your party needs!