Savvy Holiday Entertaining

Savvy Holiday Entertaining

Savor the holidays with simple party ideas and festive recipes

Tips, tricks and guides every savvy host needs for amazing holiday celebrations! Savvy Holiday Entertaining includes holiday hints and secret weapons for  fuss-free Christmas gatherings.

From tips on good enough housekeeping to ideas on menu planning, gift giving and table settings, this book is full of great ideas to simplify the season. Several easy holiday recipes are sure to wow guests.

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Praise for Savvy Holiday Entertaining

“Shanna Hatfield has provided a wonderful “Down Home Guide” to stress-free and successful holiday entertaining. You will be delighted with the secrets to successful entertaining from the “Who – What – When – Where to the crown jewel of the collection: Vanilla Cotta with Raspberry Coulis. You will discover dozens of strategies for a perfect gathering. Be inspired by theme choices and learn how to add the special touches that will make yours the best party of the year!

Let Shanna lead you to the perfect party foods and help you conquer your organizational shortcomings. Don’t let the next gathering consume all your time, money, and joy. From buffet setup to supplies and overnight guests, this lovely guide will ensure you forget nothing.

I’m off now to test the cinnamon rolls recipe and of course the Vanilla Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis.”

Amazon Reviewer


Menu Basics

Choosing what your guests will eat and drink is one of the most important party decisions.

If people will be standing and talking, choose a variety of simple finger foods. If you are planning a buffet, serve one or two entrées with four to six side dishes plus a dramatic dessert.

When selecting what beverages to serve, remember to offer a selection. Stock up on ice a few days before the event. Coffee is also a welcome addition to most any type of gathering. Always offer water.

Whenever you entertain, remember to keep it simple! That is the secret every savvy host knows. A harried hostess isn’t fun at all. So if you are pressed for time or on a tight budget think about serving one single main dish and a few sides. Round out the meal with a big fresh green salad and a dessert (no one will care if you ran by the bakery!).

Find your signature dish and stick to it! Do you make magical lasagna? Are you the queen of chicken casserole? Whatever you can pull off with your eyes closed should be the one thing you rely on again and again.

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