Hosting This Holiday? 18 Ways to Cut Stress and Spending
To throw a fantastic feast, get started on the game plan now. Decide what to serve, then write up a list of ingredients, cooking methods, and timing. If oven space is limited, serve dishes with similar cooking temperatures. Pick up nonperishable ingredients in advance (watch for sales) and avoid the crush of last-minute shoppers.
As new items accumulate, remove the packaging and dispose in the trash or recycling bins. This saves time and energy, and ensures that everything is ready to go when the first guest rings the bell.