Holiday Feast with Layers
The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, lots of activities, unpredictable weather and unexpected change in schedules. When hosting a formal family feast or a casual, friendly gathering, layering your food preparation and arrangement will help you make your party joyful, fun and memorable to all your guests and yourselves!
- With so much food, always remember to scale down a little with your main course.
- A few boxes of assorted finger food, you can add what you need depending on the number of guests.
- Keep some assorted cheese and crackers on hand.
- Arrange a fancy box of chocolates on your favourite plate with some fresh strawberries.
Cheers in Layers
Wine and spirits are more available during this time of the year; they are festive and joyful but can also be harmful to health and safety.
It is important to layer your drinks with alcohol and non-alcohol content. A good rule of thumb is one alcohol drink to one non-alcohol drink. This layering will reduce the amount
of your alcohol consumption.
- Serve and enjoy your favourite drinks of the season, but intersperse with water, sparkling soda or fresh squeezed fruit juice.
- When hosting a party, offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks served in a fancy glasses.
Entertaining in Different Ways
A drop-in open house is a great way to see family with less stress and commitment compaired to a traditional sit-down holiday meal.
- Adding some activities such as skating, toboggining or even a short walk will add fun and good times to be remembered.
- A shopping evening with friends followed by a casual drink or have a quiet time at home with a movie at the end of the day.
- Play a mix of holiday classics and other favourite music when you entertain or to keep your spirits high when walking or driving.
Dressing in Layers
When would be a better time to wear your favourite clothes than during this festive season? Layer it with some casual and comfortable outfits to dress up or dress down. Weather is a big factor on what you wear – layering gives you options to add or remove depending on the weather.
- Having a red scarf handy will add an immediate splash of festive cheer when you feel underdressed.
- Many indoor places are usually very warm, so try and wear a thin layer of a shirt or light sweater under your winter jacket. When travelling, always bring extra warm clothes with you.
- Remember, winter days are short and when the sun goes down the temperature drops a lot.
- Winter hazards and car problems are unpredictable, so be prepared.