When the holidays come to a close, you’re left exhausted (because the holidays also come with a whirlwind of a social calendar). You’re happy to finally be able to kick up your feet and take a deep breath. On the other hand, you’re left feeling a little sad. For as busy as the holidays are, it’s great to see family and friends that for some reason, you don’t see much of throughout the rest of the year.
So, here it is, your 2017 New Years Resolution: Let’s get back to getting together.
It’s not always about grand tablescapes and the cutest hors d’oeuvres you can find on Pinterest. It’s about getting together. Plain and simple. Here are three ways to do that.
Last Minute Game Night
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It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon. You want to be social, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily want to go out, either. Solution? Host a last-minute, laid-back game night. Call up a few close friends, tell them it’s comfy clothes only and let the games begin.
As far as snacks and serving go? Don’t stress. Just pick up a few of your ready-made favorites from the grocery store. Pour them into Chinet® Classic White™ 16 oz. bowls and place them throughout the main gathering space. Think pretzels, mixed nuts, M&M’S®, cheese cubes, veggies, etc.
Propose a Potluck
Dinner parties are great. But if you’ve hosted before, you know they can be exhausting. Devoting an entire day to cooking an impressive spread for 12 or more people isn’t always an option. So, how can you still play host when you're pressed for time? You can host a potluck.
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Here are a few of our favorite potluck-friendly recipes:
As you’ll see, some of the best potluck dishes tend to be on the heartier side. For a low-key gathering that entails little-to-no cleanup, opt for Chinet® Classic White™ dinner plates, bowls and napkins.
Check out Serious Eats’ 10 Ways to Host a Better Potluck, Food and Wine’s How to Host a Potluck Dinner and Today Show’s How to Host the Perfect Potluck Party: 8 Tips from a Pro for easy tips, inspiration and more.
Once your friend group has mastered the art of the potluck dinner, take your get-together to the next level with a progressive dinner. A progressive dinner is a mobile, multi-course dinner where each course is enjoyed at a different location. This party idea works great for friends who live near one another, so the group can easily migrate from house to house.
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Progressive dinners are a fun alternative to traditional dinner parties for a couple reasons. The first and foremost reason being it’s not on one person to take care of all the cooking. They also give everyone a chance to showcase both their hosting skills and their cooking style.
Because progressive dinners tend to be a little classier than your traditional potluck, opt for Chinet® Cut Crystal® products when serving your respective course. With dinner plates, dessert plates, 9 oz. and 14 oz. cups, stemless wine glasses and matching cutlery, the Cut Crystal® collection can handle any serving need.
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