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Stress-Free Holiday Party Tips + Nilla Jamwiches Recipe
I blinked and it became December. And full steam ahead, we are now in the trenches of Holiday Party season! Can you taste the savory dishes and sweet desserts yet? But planning a holiday party can be stressful! Don’t let the craziness of this time of year consume your cheerful spirit! Grab these 5 Stress-Free Holiday Party Tips + a delicious no-bake Nilla Jamwiches dessert recipe for festive memories. Don’t forget to bring your ugly Christmas sweaters and White Elephant gifts 🙂
Prep Ahead of Time
It’s actually surprising how much prep work can get done before a holiday party. Most of the baking, cooking and food prep can occur up to days beforehand, cutting down on the stress on the day of the party! Consider planning out your week with little jobs each day. Some foods (like my delicious Crockpot Meatballs) taste even better the next day!
Cut Back on Cleaning
Cutting back on cleaning…I know. It’s like a foreign concept to me, especially when I pride on having a clean home before a big party. It can be so tempting to do a big clean of the house before holiday guests arrive. Take it from a holiday party pro, don’t go into cleaning overdrive before the party starts. A holiday party means lots of drinks, eats and people in and out of your house. Spills and messes are inevitable! Instead, take the time to focus on key areas (like bathrooms and kitchen) beforehand and save party areas (like floors) for a deep down clean after the fun is over.
There’s always folks asking what to bring to the party. Those last minute items can be big stresses when you’re counting down the minutes to party time! Accept those last minute pick-ups like ice, cold drinks, etc. to take some of the burden off you. And don’t forget to take people up on the offer to bring some of their homemade goodies too! Maybe grandma’s dessert or your friend’s world famous appetizer would bring some delicious diversity to your menu.
Make Delicious No-Bake Holiday Desserts
Spending quite a bit of your time in the kitchen, after a few dishes I’m BURNT out! But there are so many delicious dessert ideas out there, all without the help of your oven. This Nilla Jamwich Cookies are a perfect addition to your holiday party spread. Beautiful, tasty and a perfect bite for your guests, these little cookies are made in no time! Here’s the recipe:
- 24 NILLA Wafers
- 2 Tbsp. raspberry jam
- ¼ cup chocolate spread
- 1 Tbsp. multi-colored sprinkles
- Spread flat side of 12 of wafers with jam; cover with remaining wafers to create sandwiches.
- Microwave chocolate spread in microwavable bowl on HIGH for 25 to 30 sec., or until heated through; stir.
- Dip sandwiches, 1 at a time, halfway into melted chocolate, place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Top with sprinkles.
- Refrigerate 30 min. or until chocolate coating is firm. Keep refrigerated.
And aren’t these cookies so festive? I love little bites that folks can pick up and eat while they mingle!
Take Time to ENJOY the Party
As a seasoned hostess with the most-est, it can be difficult to stop from bustling in the kitchen to actually take in the party and your guests. Make sure to carve out time to not just be IN the party, but be a part of the holiday festivities.
Eat, mingle and be merry this season with these stress-free holiday party tips, this NILLA Jamwiches Recipe & more delicious food inspiration plus coupon savings over at the NABISCO Party Planner website.
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