(StatePoint) Hosting holiday celebrations can mean a lot of preparation and pressure to impress.
To help, See’s Candies has partnered with entertaining expert, Alexandra Hedin, to develop some easy-to-execute ideas that are sure to make this year’s festivities memorably sweet and delicious.
Prepare Before Guests Arrive
Plan seating arrangements ahead of time to ensure friends and family mix and mingle. You never know who will become new best friends!
Combining classic treats into your holiday décor will add an innovative twist to your celebrations, taking them to the next level. Place unexpected pops of seasonal color throughout the house by using festive candy pieces as decorative accents. See’s Foil Covered Milk Chocolate Balls make for a nice burst of color when added to glass jars, planted pots or tea lights.
Give Guests a Warm Welcome
Kick off the party on a festive note by offering a signature cocktail, such as a Peppermint Martini. To wow guests as they enter, line a Lucite tray with candy canes and top with a piece of Plexiglas to create a holiday-themed tray that hints to the cocktail’s contents.
Don’t forget the kids! Serve them a signature drink of steamed milk with a See’s Candies Cinnamon Lollypop to stir in the delicious cinnamon flavor.
Invite friends and family to get comfortable at the table with a centerpiece of candies and cakes that they can snack on throughout the party. Remember to keep in mind that not everyone has the same tastes, so offer guests an assortment of milk and dark chocolates, eggnog truffles, gourmet lollypops, and peppermint patties.
Always make sure to serve candy and chocolates made with high-quality ingredients. American-made delicious, See’s Candies is one of the few remaining candy makers that ages its chocolate — a process that imparts a smoother, mellower flavor and elevates the overall taste experience. It’s a must-have for hosts this holiday season.
Keep Guests Entertained
To keep guests entertained, play a fun game of tic-tac-toe. It’s a game people of all ages enjoy, especially if you use festive holiday truffles as the game pieces!
To keep little ones busy at the children’s table, have them make a candy cane ornament out of felt, Ric Rac, jewels, and candy canes. It’s easy and fun, and makes a great gift for grandparents.
End the Festivities on a Sweet Note
As guests head home, make sure they don’t go empty-handed! Wrap treats in a festive box and place them near the door – it’s the perfect way to end the festivities on a sweet note.
See’s Candies offers treats in a variety of sizes and price ranges that are sure to fit within your entertaining budget and satisfy each of your guests. You can find See’s at holiday gift center locations in major malls nationwide or at www.Sees.com. For more gifting and entertaining tips, visit @SeesCandies on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter or www.sees.com/HolidayEntertaining.
With a little planning and some simple festive touches, you can make this year’s holiday celebrations a whole lot sweeter.