Kristen Bell’s Top 7 Holiday Party Tips
By Kristen Bell
I love gathering friends and family for cozy holiday celebrations over a great meal. And to me, the biggest thing to remember is that parties don’t have to be fussy or complicated. The whole point is making fun memories, not worrying about trying to make everything perfect! Here’s how I throw a simple, delicious holiday party.
1. You don’t have to do everything yourself.
Seek out the ready-to-serve solutions like crudités or shrimp platters, an assortment of olives or freshly baked bread. That way you’ll be able to spend more time relaxing with family and friends.
2. Keep plenty of beverages on hand.
Stock cool flavors of Whole Foods Market™ Italian Sparkling Mineral Water, fruit juices and coconut water, and you’ll be ready whenever company stops by. I like to make a fruity sangria for my friends — I serve it in a clear pitcher with a bunch of beautiful fruit in it.
3. Serve a variety of cheeses.
A cheddar, a creamy goat cheese and a non-dairy “cheese” let people with different eating styles enjoy the cheese plate. Then add gluten-free crackers, different types of nuts (Marcona almonds are my favorite), fig jam and olives.
4. Style the table.
You don’t have to go overboard with decorations — I think guests always liven up a room — but you’re still going to need a centerpiece. One of the best-kept secrets of Whole Foods Market is their floral department. I always find a beautiful arrangement to complement the meal and especially love that Whole Trade® flowers help benefit the communities they’re sourced from.
5. Serve family recipes.
My sister-in-law is a baker — a tremendous one. We have a variety of family recipes that I can pull from and put my own twist on, like swapping in coconut flour in our favorite cookies.
6. Be casual and comfortable.
Between all our family and friends, there are usually a lot of people at our house, so it’s generally pretty crowded. But that’s what makes it so fun — we just all squeeze together on the couch and scatter pillows on the floor for people to sit on.
7. Resist constant cleaning.
Don’t waste time worrying about keeping the kitchen pristine and perfect. You should be spending that time with your guests. It’s perfectly acceptable to just pile dirty dishes and platters inside the sink, and then do all the dishes at once at the end!