This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayPairings #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 and older.When we lived in Connecticut, we were always entertaining. We had a fantastic dining room and loved having our family and friends over for dinner. Now, we live in an apartment, and while it has a great open-concept, we don't exactly have a dining room. We have two chairs and a little table in a corner of the room that we never use (tray tables are where it's at!), and if we ever have people over, we pull the two unmatched chairs from our porch inside. It's a bit crowded, but it works. Needless to say, dinner parties are out of the question. So, what are we to do during the holidays? An open house is the perfect solution. Friends and family are given a few hour window to stop in, have a few snacks and drinks, and enjoy each other's company. My go-tos for holiday entertaining are cheese and charcuterie platters, salads, cookie trays, and wine, of course. They're all super easy ways to throw a fantastic holiday party.
1. Go to your local craft store and buy chalk, chalkboard paint, and pieces of wood in any shape you like. Since chalkboard is so popular right now, I actually found fantastic ornament shapes already chalkboard-painted to save me from having to do step #2.
2. If purchasing plain wood, paint the pieces with the paint and let them dry completely.
3. Wash the platters to make sure they are ready to hold food.
4. Start building the platters with different ingredients. I chose to do an appetizer plate and a dessert plate. Make sure that you leave room for labeling. Here are my suggestions for each plate:
For even more ideas for planning your holiday party and to learn about tasting events near you, visit the Simple Entertaining Hub where you can even find out about tasting and pairing events at Walmart stores near you!
- Are you hosting a holiday party this year?
- What is your favorite time-saving party tip?