There is no way it’s almost 2017. I know we say it every year, and it’s so cliche, but literally, where did this year go? The holiday season somehow always sneaks up and leaves me scrambling to fit in as many festivities as possible before the 25th. We love hosting parties for friends and family, and while we’re usually pro planners, sometimes we’re in a pinch. So, if you’re looking to squeeze out the last bit of holiday fun before its time to take down the lights, here are five simple tips to help throw together a last-minute soiree.
Craft the perfect playlist
- I follow the strict rule of no Christmas music before Thanksgiving. But once Turkey Day passes, bring on the sing-a-longs and blast the Mariah Carey. We like to stream music through our Apple TV while entertaining, and this perfectly curated playlist will surely set the festive mood.
Deck the halls
- If you’re lacking in decorations, check out these DIY ideas to easily get your place party ready before guests arrive. And when all else fails, make a Target run and pick up a few items from their adorable holiday collection. We’re loving these snowflake pillows and marble figurines!
Whip up an easy app
- If you don’t have days to prep a spread of holiday bites, this five-ingredient app comes together so quickly and will disappear just as fast. We used La Terra Fina’s Green Chile & Cheese dip to make these perfectly sized cheesy, bacon cups! The filling is savory and warm with a touch of spice from the green chiles (recipe below!). La Terra Fina has a variety of dips, and any of them served with pita chips, veggies or fruit (cheesecake dip!) would definitely please a crowd.
Serve something spiked
- Because it’s not a proper party without something seasonal to sip on. Keep it simple with a pitcher of apple cider sangria or a classic eggnog! You could also leave the bartending up to your guests with a grown-up hot chocolate bar. Make a big batch of crockpot hot chocolate and set out plenty of marshmallows, whipped cream, candy canes and boozy options like Kahlua, Baileys or flavored vodka. It’ll warm your guests up from the inside out.
Take a shortcut with sweets
- Few things beat homemade Christmas cookies, but when you’re short on time, your favorite local bakery becomes your best friend. Skip the kitchen clean up and grab some pre-made goodies for your guests, then pop them on a festive platter and dessert is done. Personally, we would head straight to Bisous Bisous or Society Bakery and snag an assortment of macarons and holiday treats.
Its so easy to get caught up in the chaos and stress of the holidays, but hopefully these tips will help you focus more on spending time with friends and family and less on the pressure of a last-minute get-together! Merry Christmas, y’all!
- La Terra Fina Spicy Green Chile + Cheese Dip
- 6 pieces of bacon, cooked + crumbled
- 12 wonton wrappers, or 6 egg roll wrappers cut in half vertically
- 1/4 c chopped green onions
- One packet of ranch seasoning
- 8 oz. greek yogurt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- Mix together the ranch seasoning and greek yogurt and refrigerate
- Grease a muffin pan and line each cup with a wonton wrapper
- Set aside 2 tbsp. of crumbled bacon for garnish and mix the rest in with the dip
- Spoon the dip mixture into each muffin tin
- Bake the cups for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown
- Allow the cups to cool, then garnish with a dollop of the yogurt dressing, green onions and remaining bacon
This post was sponsored by La Terra Fina. As always, opinions are our own!