Hi friends! I’m thrilled to welcome Sharon of Pretty Practical Home to the blog. She was one of the first friends I made when I arrived at the Haven Conference in July. We of course bonded over our floral maxi dresses. Sharon is sharing some great tips to help get you organized for the holidays in advance!
Hey, everyone! I’m so happy that Katie invited me over today. I may have promised my readers that she would serve us all cocktails when we showed up, so she better get mixing! (I would happily oblige!)
With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it was a good idea if we all got our collective pantries and fridges prepped for those unexpected guests who drop by. With just a little effort, you’ll be the neighborhood hostess with the mostess and word will spread far and wide until you’re having to turn people away. (Maybe I’m not selling this the right way…)
I like to have enough food on hand to provide a few options that are appropriate for adults and a little more festive than the usual chips and dip. Nuts, cheese, fruit and crackers are really all you need, but I like to go the extra mile and add in some cured meats, chocolates, olives, and the best fig spread, which I pour over a block of cream cheese. Southerners understand this is a gourmet treat, while others are likely shaking their heads right now. Trust me–it’s delicious!Keep a couple of types of cheese in the fridge, preferably one hard and one soft option. For fruit, I love pears because they pair so well with Havarti (and set themselves up for puns with zero effort). I keep my favorite honey on hand to make my Gouda more gooda. (I can’t help myself!) The olives are in a seasoned olive oil, which you can pair with some balsamic vinegar to use for dipping crusty bread. It’s a two-for-one snack!
Since I’m a sugar-junkie (hanging my head in shame), I prefer my pecans coated in a cinnamon glaze and my almonds dipped in dark chocolate. You can always serve nuts in their natural state or with a savory glaze if you aren’t addicted to sugar like I am. Don’t forget about keeping some lightly scented candles in the pantry, too. It’s always a nice touch, and I like to keep a candle lit in the powder room when guests stop by.
As far as drinks go, you can be a minimalist and offer a red or white wine or beer. We always have vodka, scotch, and rum in the liquor cabinet to fix a cocktail if that’s what friends prefer. Or if we’ve just had a really bad day…
I’ve made up a shopping list for you. Pin this to make your life easier. The next time you’re grocery shopping, you’ll already have your list ready to go. You’re welcome.
I really enjoyed getting to visit with you today. I hope you’ll drop by Pretty Practical Home soon, before my family eats all the food I just bought! (No, seriously. The second I started taking apart the shoot, they descended like locusts.) I hope you have a great day!
I’m ready to rush to the grocery store to stock up on all of Sharon’s staples. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Pretty Practical Home yet, do it now and don’t miss her beautiful laundry room. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.