'Tis the season to gather with family and friends.
Typically, hosting is one of my favorite things to do...but this year with the busyness of the season + a baby - my anxiety and overwhelm seems to be at an all time high. In some ways, the idea of hosting has felt more stressful than joyful. However, I don't want to let these circumstances keep me from doing what I love - so simplifying is key this year! I thought I would share some tips for a simple stress free gathering
1.) Meal - the simpler the better = soup for the win
Nothing feeds your soul like a good bowl of soup, right? And fortunately, there is nothing is easier to make than a big pot of soup! Pair it with bread from your local bakery and you have a simple nourishing meal. We can't get enough of this Minestrone Soup by Carls Bad Cravings and this Tuscan Bean Soup by Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures are our current favorites.
Tip: Don't be afraid to share the responsibility! Let your guests bring the drinks or the appetizers.
2.) Easy Peasy Dessert -
Doesn't feel like a meal without dessert? How about baked pears with vanilla ice cream - They literally take 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. See recipe below.
3.) Decor + Gifting
I truly enjoy decorating and gifting but again this is the year for simplicity! One way to simplify is by letting your gifts also be your decor. Add festive greenery, candles and ornaments to the table centerpiece and Voila a beautiful multi-functioning table scape. As guests leave give each guest an ornament from the table.
We love ornaments that have personal significance and/or meaning. The gold angles are handmade in India by girls who have escaped from forced prostitution. Check out our selection of handmade, ethically made ornaments.
- 2 medium ripe pears, peeled and halved - The recipe say to peel but I don't!
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Place pear halves, cut side up, in a baking dish.
- Place butter in the center of each then drizzle with lemon juice.
- Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over pears.
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 17 minutes.
- Serve with Ice Cream.
Looking for more ideas hosting ideas?
Check out this blog post on setting an amazing table - on a budget and using the items you have on hand.