5 Last Minute Holiday Entertaining Tips!

Let’s face it, we’re busy especially around the holidays! If you’re throwing a holiday party, the last thing you want to do is miss all the fun because you’re hurrying around the kitchen trying to get everything cooked, baked, chilled, poured, and plated while your guests enjoy themselves. Here are my top 5 tips for last minute holiday entertaining!

Prep for your party by placing scoops of ice cream in cupcake liners!


Prep peppermint sundaes by dishing out scoops of ice cream in cupcake liners. Then place in your freezer – or better yet – the LG Blast Chiller. This is absolutely on my wish list. And you know what else? You’ll NEVER have to serve ice for all your beverages (who wants warm soda or cocktails?) because it can take a room temperature beverage to ice cold in 5 minutes. {learn more about the LG Blast Chiller here}

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peppermint ice cream with sucre shop utensils!

See? Just scoop out your ice cream and freeze (mine were enjoyed with the new Pizzazzerie for Sucre Shop cutlery).

hot cocoa bar diy

2. Set up DIY bar stations

…like this hot cocoa bar from Paper & Pigtails. This allows guests to create a drink or treat that they really love while you get to avoid playing bartender and chef all night! Use clear glass canisters, bowls, and plates to hold all the fixings and drinks. Provide scoops and ta-da!

peppermint holiday table

3. Use Ribbon to Decorate!

Wrap simple white candles with ribbon for a quick and easy decoration! Your everyday white dishes are absolutely perfect when paired with a simple striped tablecloth. Don’t have a striped tablecloth? Here’s an easy fix: Layer ribbon across a white tablecloth (try red + white for a peppermint look). {image via Martha Stewart}

cheese and cracker platter4. Cheese Platters are your friend

Impromptu entertaining means you don’t have time to whip up a filet or anything else of the sort. Keep a variety of fancy cheeses on hand along with crackers, nuts, and dried fruit. All of these items store beautifully and can be quickly displayed on a holiday platter! {image via Southern Living}

Clover and Orange for Holiday Parties! Makes your house smell AMAZING!

5. Smells of Cinnamon!

Keep cinnamon sticks and cloves around because they can quickly take your house from blah to HOLIDAY PARTY!!! with just the scent. Heat a pot of water (or slow cooker) on the stove and add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, orange slices, etc and bring to a simmer.

Logo, company name, with LG and Refrigerator


The LG Blast Chiller, available in the 3-Door Super Capacity French-Door refrigerator (LFX31935), can chill a room temperature, 12oz beverage in five minutes or a bottle of wine in just eight minutes. By comparison, a typical refrigerator takes about 40 minutes to accomplish this task – even in the freezer. This refrigerator is also among the largest capacity 36-inch refrigerators currently on the market, offering almost 20 percent more space and the ability to store over 50 gallons of milk!

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  1. I’ve looked on Paper & Pigtails site and can’t find that adorable party. Do you have a link to the party itself?

  2. Thanks for the useful tips! Love them, especially the cinnamon. What is it about cinnamon scent and the holidays? I smell cinammon and White Christmas instantly plays on my mind! And we don”t get snow here! LOL


  4. Wow! First of all, I had no idea the new LG fridge was so amazing! 5 minutes to chill! Secondly, I agree, the cheese platter is your friend! It also helps keep guests stay occupied!
    I’ll have to try the Pre-dipped chilled treats?

  5. Sondra Johnson says:

    I love the place settings! Perfect for the season.

  6. Risa Baney says:

    What great ideas!! I cannot wait to impress my family and friends!! Thank you.

  7. I love doing a cheese tray. They really help keep hungry guests from getting impatient….

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