The holidays are here and what better way to warm your newly moved into house than to throw a dinner party. Sure, it seems like the last thing you want to do, after having just unpacked a mess of boxes and decorated the place, is to have a party but it’ll be a nice way to enjoy your new apartment and share that joy with a few friends and family. It doesn’t have to be difficult either. Here are some tips to make your holiday dinner a little easier:
Prepared Dinner Kits
It’s like the supermarkets and online grocers in our great city know how hard it is to host parties in New York because most of them offer pre-made holiday dinners, which include Turkey and many side options. If you’re not going to cook or find that you lack oven or stove space, this might be a good route to go.
Make Shopping Lists
To avoid several trips to the same establishment, make a list for each specific store you need to visit. That way, you’ll (hopefully) make one trip to the grocery store, one to a bakery and another to a liquor store.
Keep it Simple
You don’t need 17 sides and a plethora of decorations. Stick to one main protein dish, a handful of sides and maybe one or two decorative items. Try to include a starch like roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes or potatoes au gratin, a few greens like asparagus, spinach or Brussel sprouts, and a fresh green salad.
Ask for Help
The holidays are about sharing and what better way to do that than to split up the work. When your friends and family ask what it is they can bring, tell them. If every person brings a side or a desert, you might just end up a having to make the main course. Assign a few friends to bring wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Also, don’t say no when friends offer to help after dinner—a trip to the recycling room to take out bottles or a dozen washed dishes will cut cleaning time for you afterwards.
We live in small spaces and everyone who has paid us a visit knows the limitations of our environs. Keeping your dinner small will allow everyone to have a comfortable place to sit and eat in.