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Big, Small, Easy or Gourmet – Holiday Entertaining Your Way

Entertaining this time of year takes on an entirely different meaning as we are all focused on enjoying the holidays.  Personally, I love to decorate and I spend countless hours bringing up boxes, assembling villages, decorating trees and arranging my favorite collections of snow globes, figurines and snowmen.  If you’re like me and have gone to extremes to decorate for the holiday season, why not entertain so your friends and community neighbors can enjoy your decorating efforts?

Holiday entertaining can be as complex or easy as you decide to make it.  I can tell you I have done it both ways, and each party format has its own merits.  Obviously, it depends on what type of gathering you’d like to have.  Do you want to have an intimate dinner setting with a few close friends, or do you want to entertain your extended family, community neighbors and friends near and far?  Here are a few party ideas to help you enjoy your holiday entertaining big or small!

Enjoying the BIG Holiday Party

Entertaining large groups can be challenging but also fun and rewarding. If you’re considering inviting a large group to your home during the holidays, do as much as you can in advance so you end up enjoying your party time as much as your guests do.

Look for finger food recipes (Pinterest is a great resource) that can be prepared in advance and if you’re serving hot items, consider a warming tray so you don’t have to spend your time reheating.  Sliced meats can be a great party item as they don’t have to be hot.  They can be served with flavored mayo (check out our recent blog post flavored mayos A-Z for some great ideas) and an assortment of breads.

Keep your bar area away from the food and mingling area to keep traffic flowing, and place small bowls with snacks spread throughout the area for guests to munch on. If you are serving alcohol, consider a festive punch to keep costs down.  Bottles of wine can add up quickly, and a nice, sparkling punch will go a long way with thirsty guests.

Impress your guests with a gourmet steakhouse quality meal.

This dish may sound a bit intimidating, and is not for the faint of heart (or those who can’t whisk up a Bearnaise) but I assure you, you’ll have one of the best meals of your life if you give this recipe a try.  If you know how to rock your double boiler and your goal is to serve a steakhouse quality meal to an intimate group of guests, this recipe will not disappoint.  Emeril’s Lobster-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Bearnaise Sauce…need I say more?  Okay, I will…imagine a whole tenderloin, butterflied, and stuffed with steamed lobster, a pancetta-vegetable mixture and finished with Bearnaise sauce.  WOW, right?

This dish is just delicious and can be found in its entirety on foodnetwork.com as it’s a bit long to share in this post.  There’s not much else you will need to accompany this extraordinarily rich dish, except possibly some steamed asparagus or potato side, as long as you keep it simple.  Serve along with a nice Cabernet and enjoy your efforts in the kitchen!

Easy does it, with a little help from Atlanta Bread.

No matter what type party you’re having, every hostess needs a little help now and then!  Our catering menu can save you when you’re in a pinch.  We have wonderful appetizer and snack trays that are perfect for holiday entertaining.  Our Veggie Fresco Selection Tray comes with fresh, healthy vegetables and your choice of sauces.  It’s the perfect complement to your party spread.

Need a bit more help?  Head on over to our catering menu to see the variety of items we have to add to your table.  Choose from desserts, soups and salads, sandwich platters, fruit trays, or our Crisps N’ Cheese Tray to complete your party.  Spend more time enjoying your guests…these are your holidays too!  Happy Entertaining!

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