8 Entertaining Tricks From Southern Season

I got a really cool email from Southern Season that I wanted to share with you guys. Their vision and the vision of The Palmetto Queen is so aligned that sometimes it is scary. There was one line in the email that I fell in love with. "tips and tricks to help make entertaining this holiday season as smooth as a Southern accent." I knew I had to share with you guys!

I also loved this:

In the South, there are no strangers, 

just friends we haven't met yet.

  1. Need a quick hostess gift? Stick with a household staple like wine or a candle. Buy a cute Christmas wine bag or cork to pair with the wine, and opt for a candle in a festive scent to bring the Christmas cheer.
  2. Make several different kinds of your favorite drop cookies. Place them close together on a parchment-lined sheet pan and freeze them. Once they¹re frozen, transfer them to freezer-safe Ziploc bags that are marked with the cooking temperature and instructions. Use them throughout the holiday season as needed ­ they¹ll only take a few minutes longer to cook right out of the freezer. Your home will be filled with the smell of fresh baked cookies all season long!
  3. Don¹t stress if you don¹t want to invest in a full holiday dinnerware set. Choose select festive pieces like salad plates, mugs, and platters that blend with your everyday dinnerware.
  4. When hosting overnight guests, strata is a great option for breakfast or lunch and can be a complete meal if it includes vegetables and protein. Assemble it the night before for the best results (and a stress-free morning). Biscotti and granola also keep for a long time and can be made ahead. Add fresh fruit and yogurt, and you¹ll be good to go.
  5. If you¹re hosting a casual get together, don¹t be afraid to use paper. Paper companies like Meri Meri and Caspari are making plates and napkins with an array of patterns that are beautiful and festive.  And the best part is it makes clean up a cinch.
  6. Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal can pose a bit of an issue ­ it needs to be something that can stand up to the rich, earthy, salty and, at times, sweet and savory fare ­ something with fruit, power and acid. One easy answer? Invite Rosé to the party. The Vigneti Massa Rosato 'Terra: Sic Est¹ has both power and structure while offering bright acidity that works well with heavier meals. It¹s a true red wine drinker¹s Rosé.
  7. Plan ahead. Think of what you can do several weeks ahead, such as purchasing table decorations, candles and pre-made snacks, and go ahead and mark those off the list. Iron the tablecloth and napkins, polish the silver. Then make a list of semi-perishable items that be purchased a week ahead and perishable items that can be purchased a couple of days ahead. This will greatly ease the pain of last-minute shopping trips.
  8. Make sitting down to dinner fun for the whole table by placing Christmas crackers at every place setting. An old English tradition, party crackers usually contain a hat, a joke and a small gift for each guest to enjoy.
Thank you Southern Season, for sharing these wonderful tips with The Palmetto Queen

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