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7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining


When offered the opportunity to try a HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Tray for free and offer you a chance to win a $15.00 coupon, I jumped at it! The HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays are perfect for game day snacking. The trays offer an assortment of meats, cheeses, and crackers. It was so easy to find at the store deli department.

7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining 7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining

To prep the tray to serve, I just opened the individually packages meats, cheeses, and crackers and displayed them on the tray. I served the tray with sides of different mustard flavors in little bowls.

What snacks do you serve for watching the big game? Game day entertaining is always so easy and paid back, which is why we love it. But what about Christmas? How do you throw a stress-free holiday party? I have some tips!

7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining

1. Break and Bake Cookies

If you’re super busy or just afraid of harming people due to your lack of cooking skills, go for the ready-to-bake cookies! The break-and-bake cookie dough is a gift from heaven. Choose a few different varieties, bake them, and place them on a pretty platter. Christmas baking done!

2. Use Your Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are wonderful for so many things, including entertaining. Just mix up your favorite hot dip, pour it into the slow cooker to heat, then serve!


I cannot say enough good things about the HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays. Perfect for a Christmas party! Just put some different types of mustard and other sauces in little bowls and place them alongside the tray. Easy peasy!

7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining

4. Holiday Spirit Shortcuts

So much of making a fun and memorable holiday party is just in the mood that you set. No need to go crazy here! Homemade winter potpourri simmering on the stove, Christmas music playing, and light some candles. These simple touches can create a warm, happy mood for you and your guests.

5. Gift Cards

Need Christmas presents for your party? Just go gift card! I even buy gift cards for Christmas party gift exchanges. Believe me, people are so much happier with a $10.00 gift card to a coffee shop or fast food restaurant than they are with a random candle.

Click here for fun ways to give a gift card!

6. Pick an Easy Theme

A theme can give a focus for your party and take some of the pressure off you to entertain. Try a caroling party where you and your guests meet at your house, load up on hot chocolate and cookies for the road, go Christmas caroling, and then end up back at your house for snacks.

A Christmas game night would be so fun! Set up small tables throughout your house with games on them. Make a simple appetizer buffet in your kitchen, play Christmas music, and let your guests mingle over games and snacks.

You could host a cookie decorating party. Provide snacks, drinks, and a ton of cut out sugar cookies, frosting, and sprinkles. Give your guests a pretty box to place their finished cookies in to take home.

I love the idea of a gingerbread house making party. Ask your guests to bring their own gingerbread house kit (They’re $6-9 each). You provide snacks, drinks, and music as well as plenty of table space for working on gingerbread creations.

7. Put a Lock on the Spare Room

Okay, this is the embarrassing dirty little secret: if you’re cleaning in a hurry, choose a room with a lock and shove all your extra stuff in that room. No need for shame; this is a thing that normal, intelligent, happy, otherwise clean people resort to in a pinch.

Pile of laundry in the hall and no time to get it washed? Drop it in a corner in your spare room.

Boxes in the dining room that you’ve been meaning to unpack from the move? Pile those suckers in the spare room.

Kids toys all over the place? Find them a new, temporary home in the spare room.

The random crap all over the dining room table? Spare room to the rescue.

You can fake a clean house and still throw a great party. Send the kids in tomorrow to do spare room damage control.


I hope you take away some ideas for an easy holiday celebration. These memories will be with us for years to come. It’s worth the hassle to provide a relaxing evening for people you care about… and maybe your husbands boss. I guess he counts too.

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7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining

7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining

3 Comments on 7 Tricks for Easy Holiday Entertaining

  1. Bianca Muñoz
    December 12, 2017 at 1:45 pm (8 months ago)

    Favorite holiday snacks are dips and sugar cookies! Thank you!

  2. Nancy Loring
    December 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm (8 months ago)

    For snacks in this house we like to have chips and salsa, cupcakes when I fele like making them and always cheese and crackers.

  3. Michel
    December 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm (8 months ago)

    we love serving quiches!


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