Friday, November 22, 2013

Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are always the busiest time of the year. It can be challenging to divide time between friends and family during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. And what about co-workers and work related holiday parties? What happens when there are two or more events on the same day? Or if guests don’t get along? Follow our blog throughout the holidays to learn how to survive this season!

  1. What do I do if guests are not getting along?

If you know ahead of time that certain guests will not get along, and you’re forced to have them both there during a holiday meal, use place cards to insure that they are on opposite ends of the table. If a disagreement occurs prior to sitting down and you over hear it, walk over and attempt to quickly change the subject. Or if a disagreement happens at the dinner table, inconspicuously switch seats, and continue to do so throughout the meal so you have an opportunity to socialize with everyone at the table.

  1. How do I prepare a meal for vegetarians?

It’s hard to please everyone during the holidays, especially if guests have special dietary needs. If vegetarians or vegans are attending your holiday get together, try to prepare a few dishes that they will be able to enjoy. There are several great vegan and vegetarian recipes available online. Many vegetarians will be happy with eating side dishes such as mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, stuffings and other dishes. If you prepare any dishes using chicken or beef broths, or other animal meat products, try to substitute these ingredients with vegetarian friendly options such as vegetarian broth or stock.

  1. What’s the easiest way to clean up a huge holiday mess?

There is no doubt that the holidays will create a huge mess in your kitchen, and clutter around the house. If you’re anticipating leftovers, make space in the refrigerator and have containers prepared before serving the meal.  

It’s common to use fine china during the holidays, but most of the time we are unable to place these dishes into the dishwasher. This year pre-fill your sink with hot, soapy water to soak dishes in between courses, this will cut down on clean-up time at the end of dinner.

What holiday survival tips do you have for fans of SeaGate Homes? Share them with us on our Facebook page or in or comments section!