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5 tips to make holiday entertaining easy

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Whether hosting a holiday meal for the family or an open house for the neighborhood, entertaining can be stressful - especially during the holidays, when there’s so much pressure to make everything perfect. Ginny Bean, founder of Ginny’s catalog and, offers some simple tips on how to make holiday entertaining more enjoyable for all involved.

1. Make a plan

Take some time to really plan out the event. How many are coming? What’s on the menu? How should the house look? Make a to-do list and set deadlines. Doing as much as possible in advance will make the day of the party that much easier. Better yet, delegate some of the work. “Enlist the help of your family,” Bean said.

“Even preschoolers can help put away groceries, wash veggies or fold napkins. If a guest asks if she can bring something, let her. People love to feel useful, and it gives you one less thing to do.”

expanding oven and stovetop capacity. On the buffet table, tiered servers hold appetizers and desserts vertically, rather than horizontally, saving valuable space and creating an attractive display.

2. Gather your tools

4. Decorate for the senses

Once the menu is set, review your tableware, serving dishes and cookware to make sure you have what you need. Borrow or purchase what you’re missing. Among today’s options is a growing array of cookware designed to go seamlessly and beautifully from oven or stovetop to even the most formal table, saving time, money and clean-up.

3. Make the most of your space

The size of the meal may expand during the holidays, but cooking and serving space doesn’t. A countertop toaster oven or highwattage double burner can be a lifesaver for

Involve all the senses in your decorating scheme. Enlist a spouse or older child to come up with a holiday music playlist or CD. Be sure to include instrumental pieces to play during dinner, so it won’t impede conversation. Fill the house with holiday scents, such as cinnamon, mulberry or evergreen. Scented candles are an easy and attractive way to provide fragrance and a warm glow to any room, and candlelight makes your guests look 10 years younger. For obvious reasons, don’t put candles in high-traffic areas, Bean said. Today’s flame-

less scented candles are so realistic, with LED bulbs that glow and flicker like a real flame, chances are your guests won’t even notice the difference. And they provide a great alternative to placing real candles near curtains, Christmas trees or other decorations.

5. Enjoy the results

Don’t be so busy playing hostess that you forget to enjoy yourself. Bean recommends organizing the kitchen so that the bulk of the clean-up can be done later. Have storage containers handy for leftovers, designate an area in the kitchen for dirty dishes, and then forget about the rest. The host sets the tone of the party. Forget about perfection and keep the focus on what matters - family and friends. You may find yours is the party that people look forward to throughout the year.

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TOP LEFT: Bob Volpe makes fundraising Advent candles at Ephraim Moravian Church, which hosted several events during the community’s “Christmas in the Village” Dec. 3. The candles’ flame symbolizes the flame of love burning in hearts because of Christ’s coming. BOTTOM LEFT: The village lit up its Christmas tree during a ceremony in the gazebo at Harborside Park. ABOVE: Zoie Gill of Appleton sports a Rudolph-red reindeer nose that she received from Mrs. Santa Claus outside Ephraim Village Hall, where Santa and his reindeer met with visiting children. The weekend of celebration was presented by the Ephraim Business Council. To view a slide show of the event, go to PHOTOS BY Tina M. Gohr/Door County Advocate


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From baking cookies with loved ones to caroling through the neighborhood or celebrating with family and friends, fond memories of holiday traditions abound. Each year, scents, sights and sounds promote the season’s spirit - continuing long-standing traditions and creating new memories. Here are some ideas for stimulating your senses and evoking the warmth of the holidays in your home:

Savoring seasonal scents

Home fragrances create a warm, inviting environment during the holidays and all year-round. A whiff of a familiar scent often calls to mind memories of holidays past. The scent of cinnamon and vanilla conjures thoughts of freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, while a blend of evergreens, cedar, and musk reminds many of Christmas tree hunting in the woods. One of the safest ways to recreate holiday memories is with scented, wickless candles. With no wick and no flame, there’s no worry or mess. After selecting a favorite seasonal fragrance, it’s easy to place a cube or two of the scented wax into a decorative, ceramic candle warmer. Just one whiff and you are on your way down memory lane. “A festive, welcoming atmosphere stimulates our senses and

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