The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time of the year. Delicious cookies baking in the oven, cheerful holiday decorating, and spending time with loved ones are all a part of what makes the season so merry. As lovely as all that is, busy moms, like myself, can easily get stressed out from all the extra to-do's that get piled onto our already day-to-day chores. I absolutely hate feeling rushed to get things done before entertaining begins. I want to sit back and enjoy the holidays, creating fun memories for my family, not running around like a mad woman trying to get everything done in a pinch. After years of practice, I think I finally have a system down to keep stress levels to a minimum, so I can enjoy everything else to the max.
Your holiday dinner spread doesn't have to be elaborate. Prepare a few dishes a day or two in advance that can be frozen, then quickly reheated the day of the party. Things like meatballs or soups are perfect for quickly reheating and serving. Slice salad veggies a day or two ahead of time and keep in air-tight containers in the refrigerator. If you don't have time to make desserts from scratch, box mixes are always a quick and easy solution. If your kids are old enough to work in the kitchen with minimal supervision, delegate some of the food prep to them.
Make a list of all activities you have planned for the evening. What time you will be serving dinner, when to start opening gifts, and what party games you plan on playing. Don't be afraid to be specific on how early you would like your guests to leave by. Clearly write it on the invitations, "Holiday party will be from 6-9". That way, guests already have it in their head they are expected to leave by a certain time without you having to hint on it's time for them to go at the end of the night.
With everything else going on during the holidays, I don't want to spend a lot of time cleaning and organizing my home. I usually head to Walmart a few days before our gathering to stock up on holiday necessities that help me quickly take care of home prep without a lot of effort on my part.
Viva® Paper Towels® are always first on my list. With the durable, cloth like texture, they are tough enough for tough cleaning jobs, but soft enough to use on cleaning up little hands and faces. I love the choose-a-size sheet option, so I don't have to waste a full paper towel when I only need a small bit, like for holding my holiday desserts.
Keeping plenty of toilet paper on hand is an absolute must for holiday entertaining! I have three bathrooms in my home, and so I don't have to run around all night making sure each toilet paper holder is full, I keep small holiday themed baskets in each bathroom, stocked with Cottonelle® and Scott® toilet paper.
Since holiday entertaining usually falls during cold season, I also like to keep festive tissue canisters from Kleenex® sprinkled around the house. The slim canisters can fit on most tables, and blend well with your seasonal decor!
Swing by your local Walmart store to pick up these Holiday Necessities to help your party planning run much smoother. Be sure to check out the Ibotta App for amazing savings on these great products! You'll get:
• $1 off Cottonelle 12-ct or larger
• $1 off Scott 12-ct or larger
• $1 off Viva 6-ct or larger
• Buy two products and get an extra dollar back
After all of the other purchases you make for the season, it's nice to be able to put a little money back in your pocket by using the Ibotta App!
What are some ways you are saving time on holiday prep this season?