One of the things people look forward to most as the holiday season approaches? The set of holiday parties that come along with it: It's a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. However, there's no denying that hosting a holiday party, should that responsibility land on your shoulders, is generally associated with some level of stress. As the host, you may feel all sorts of pressure-financial, social, and beyond. Before you know it, the well-meant invitation you extended to those you love becomes one you come to regret.
While there's a lot that goes into hosting loved ones during the festive season, it is possible to host an easy holiday party-one that doesn't make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. As much as you want to whip up mouthwatering meals for all your friends and family, sometimes the thought of all the planning and prep can be more than a little overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be!
The easiest thing to do, is to have charcuterie at your holiday party, and you'll wind up with a stylishly personal yet stress-free bash. During the holiday you should keep things simple, yet classy and a charcuterie board is the perfect staple that will have friends and family raving!
The great thing about charcuterie board is the wide range of items you can use to excite and awaken your guests taste buds. Start with a variety of cheeses, from soft to hard and then your favorite meat selections. Use food that all play together in harmony and dance with delight to appease your guests palate. Introduce them to foods you love that they may not have considered before. Other items you can add to your board are grapes, apples, pears, figs, jam, dates, bread sticks, baguette, nuts, and pickles. With this charcuterie board being for the holiday party, bring flavors of the season with clementines, cranberry relish, and fresh rosemary. These will enhance and elevate the flavors of your selections. Have fun with it, let your imagination run wild!
The fresh flavors of sweet and salty mixed with the soft and crunchy textures will leave guests feeling satisfied. Also, the delicious finger foods will allow guests feeling satisfied. Also, the delicious finger foods willow allow guests to mingle and munch at the same time-ensuring that people are enjoying all aspects of the party at once. Don't forget drinks, wine and sangria pair well with charcuterie, but always have non-alcoholic options on hand as well.
Don't forget the sweet treats. Desserts are a must. Offer two or three different sweets options. Cheese-cake is always a great option. As with the charcuterie board, try to introduce your guests to items you enjoy that they may not have tried before like Petits Fours, which are simple and delicious.
Overall, remember to stay relaxed and enjoy yourself, this is a party after all. Once you've set in motion these holiday party planning and host tips, the rest is a breeze. The scene is set, the food is delicious, and now all that's left is for your loved ones to show up and have a blast!