Holiday entertaining with ease and style

Entertaining friends and family over the holidays doesn't have to be fussy. A few simple tricks will help you create an unforgettable, stylish gathering. Then, all you have to do is simply enjoy the company of your loved ones and ring in the New Year!

Welcome arriving guests with hot cider

Spiced hot apple cider is the perfect way to welcome guests as they arrive at the house. Simply keep a pot of apple cider gently simmering on the stove top with a few cinnamon sticks and peppercorns. Serve to guests in mugs. 

Prepare a large cheeseboard in advance

 Photo by jordan johnson

Photo by jordan johnson

Arrange cheese, fruit, and crackers on a large cheeseboard ahead of time. Aim to have at least two types of hard cheese (like sharp cheddar and Gouda) and one type of soft cheese (like brie). Having fresh fruit (like strawberries and grapes) can add beautiful color to the cheeseboard. Finally, don't forget good bread or crackers. Guests can help themselves and you have more time to mingle!

Create a signature punch

There's something festive and welcoming about punch. You can also make the punch beforehand and pour in the bubbly at party time. For a simple and elegant punch, try our Tartly Champagne Mocktail. Mix the pineapple juice and grenadine in a big glass punch bowl. Booze it up with vodka or rum. Then, as your first guests arrive, add Tartly Ginger Pear Shrub.

Serve hors d'oeuvres family style

Rather than making 50 or 60 tiny little pigs in the blanket appetizers, why not slow roast a pork shoulder that you can pull apart for BBQ Pulled Pork sliders? It makes a gorgeous center piece and allows your guests to have as much or as little as they wish. Serve with slider buns on the side and creamy coleslaw. Best of all, it frees you up to hang out with your guests.

Soup is not just for dinner

Serve little shooters of creamy gazpacho or corn chowder in shot glasses. These are easy to serve and fun to eat. You can make the soup ahead of time. Guests will enjoy the imaginative little bursts of flavor from the warm soup.

We hope these holiday entertaining ideas will help you ring in the New Year with ease and style! Don't forget to have these festive Tartly shrub cocktails on hand for the countdown!