10 Tips For Hosting A Sit Down Dinner

10 Tips For Hosting A Sit Down Dinner. Tips for dealing with time management for a large dinner. These suggestions will help take some of the stress out of your next big social function.


10 Tips For Hosting A Sit Down Dinner

As the holidays approach, many people decide to host a sit down dinner for family and friends. A “traditional” sit down dinner can be quite a bit of work, but with a little advance planning your dinner party can be made to look effortless on your part. Here are 10 tips for hosting a sit down dinner that will help you with the big day’s time management.



Lists – who, what, when, where and how! Who is coming, what are you serving, when is the dinner, where is the dinner and how will it all come together!? Make a list for everything and cross the accomplishment off the list as you’ve completed the task.

Confirm how many people will be attending your sit down dinner. Once you have a definite number, you can make definite menu and table setting plans.

A week or two before the event, make a list of what you plan to serve. Check the larder to see which ingredients you have, and what you need to buy. Having all ingredients on hand prevents last minute trips to the store. And don’t forget the wine and liquor cabinet!

Do not be afraid to hire a caterer, order flowers from the florist or buy desserts from the bakery instead of doing it yourself. Delegating and hiring out help make hosting a sit down dinner a lot easier.

Where can you fit all the people you invited? If your dining room only has enough room for 10 people, and you have 20 guests coming, where can you set up a table and chairs for your dinner party? It may be the family room and that may require furniture rearrangements and extra folding tables being purchased or borrowed. And while you are at it, count the chairs! Do you have enough to seat everyone? If not, rent, borrow or buy some folding chairs.

Clean your house a few days before your dinner party, or better yet, have a cleaning service do it!

When choosing your desserts, make choices that can be made the day before if you haven’t ordered from the bakery. If you have bakery ordered, pick up (or send a the spouse) the morning of your dinner party.

Assemble your main dishes a day ahead of time (the day before when possible), and then refrigerate without cooking or baking.

Set your table the day before. Flip the glasses upside down to keep out dust.

The morning of the dinner, note all the times that your dinner items need to go into the oven, and set a timer to remind you when to start cooking!

10 Tips For Hosting A Sit Down Dinner. Here are 10 tips for hosting a sit down dinner that will help you with the big day's time management.


What tips do you have for hosting a sit down dinner?


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7 Inexpensive Holiday Decorating Ideas

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decorating Ideas


The holiday season can be a financial challenge for even the most savvy saver. Here are some inexpensive holiday decorating ideas and tips to save a few dollars on your holiday decor:

7 Inexpensive Holiday Decorating Ideas



• Use natural items found in your backyard – from holly to evergreens, natural or spray-painted with glitter paint, outdoor sprays brought inside can grace everything from tabletops to fireplace mantels.

• Use fresh oranges with cloves for a quick, fragrant decoration tabletop decoration.

• Ornaments inside a glass bowl or, on top of a wooden platter, make for a quick, festive, inexpensive decoration.

• Put a mirror under it! A mirror under sparkle and sparkle – be it paint, crystal, or an ornament – adds reflections and makes everything look festive!

• Wrap empty boxes in traditional holiday wrapping paper for a cute entryway piece. Add a basket of pine cones, and the scent of cinnamon for a warm and inviting holiday entrance.

• Bring three cinnamon sticks, a few whole cloves and a splash of nutmeg along with three quarts of water to a simmer on the stove for a great whole-house holiday fragrance.

• Remember to search stores such as Target, Pier 1 and Kohl’s after Christmas holiday sales for deeply discounted decorations. Store for next year!

What are some of your favorite Inexpensive Holiday Decorating Ideas and Tips?



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Two Months Until Christmas

Four Months Until Christmas


Have you started anything yet? Shopping? Projects for decor? Cooking?

Since last month I have done a few things mostly having to do with baking. I have one recipe left for 15 days of Holiday Cookies, which means I’ve frozen a lot of cookies! That is a big relief.

Hubby and I bought a load of potatoes last week, and plan on making our Panera’s Cream Cheese Potato Soup this weekend and freezing it for Christmas Eve Dinner.

I am decorating my banister this week. Sounds goofy, but I have a blog post or two in mind, so I need to have that done for photographs. That’s what I get for losing the pics I took last year! My niece is coming over Saturday to do the tree. Because our life becomes crazy in a few weeks, I want everything finished sooner rather than later.

I will warn you that Ann’s Entitled Life is about to become holiday-centric. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas expect a lot of holiday posts.

So, how are your holiday preparations going!?



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