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It is the holidays! I am sure that you agree that the best part of the holidays is family and friends and in order to make the most of your get togethers, let’s keep everything else easy when it comes to entertaining, shall we? I think we shall. I am sharing quite a few tips and tricks in today’s post including a one pot meal that is great for a weeknight or a crowd and some must have pantry staples during the holidays that will have you prepared for any guests that find their way to your door step!
First, right when guests walk in the door, break out the wine and crackers! I love keeping Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines in various flavors (the great price and quality make it easy to stock up for the holidays) and the Pepperidge Farm Cracker Trios. The shear fact that minutes after your guests walk in the door you are able to put a snack and drink in their hands makes for a wonderful care free entertaining experience.
While they are snacking and you all are chatting, you can easily throw together a quick one pot dinner. I love to take advantage of the Barilla Pronto pastas and, again, stock up on a number of varieties to keep in the pantry. I love a simple chicken pasta dish because I keep all these ingredients on hand and it all starts with some boneless skinless chicken that gets chopped up and browned in a pan. Then I added broccoli, the Barilla Pronto Pasta and chicken stock until the pasta was just covered, turn it on to high and cover for 10 minutes… that’s it!
I love to add Parmesan cheese for serving and you have a yummy dish easy enough for a weeknight but impressive enough for company!
Once dinner is over, it is always nice to have something sweet to serve with coffee and that is where the Pepperidge Farm Collections come in, I had the Chocolate Collection on hand here and each one of the 7 varieties were delicious!
I love that there are easy ways to entertain if you just stock up a little bit more while you are at your weekly Walmart trip. I love to pick up varieties of my favorite brands to ensure I always have what I need for guests. But I also like to be prepared to go to a party as well! The awesome part about that is Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines make a great hostess gift as well! I love to wrap them in these simple burlap bags because I can spend literally a half an hour to make about 10 of them to keep on hand in my wine cabinent and I am able to grab a bottle of their preferred variety, pop it in a bag, tie it off and be on my way!
When I say that they are easy to put together, I am not joking! I just grab my wine, in this case it was the Pinot Noir from Robert Mondavi Private Selection and I laid it on the burlap and cut about an inch and half around it on all sides. If you cut it on the fold then you save your self a seam in the process! Then I just sewed up each side on my sewing machine, turned it right side out and tied it with some twine! ANYONE can make these simple little burlap bags! The really do only take a matter of minutes.
If you want even more tips make sure you check out the Simple Entertaining Hub to check out a tasting or pairing event at a Walmart near you! Also let me know about your favorite tip or trick for the holidays in the comments below!