Acacia Wood Lazy Suzan

Native Trails Acacia Lazy Suzan

“In all things, success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation, there is sure to be a failure.” – Confucius

Oh, Confucius, there is no need for doom and gloom this holiday! Instead, we’ll take inspiration from these wise words. Here are seven tips for planning and organizing that will save us from entertainment or culinary fiascos, and allow us to better enjoy the festivities.

  1. Maximize Space – If you are limited on kitchen space, sort through cabinets and drawers, then organize “like with like” and give away items you haven’t used in years to charity (many actually pick up at your doorstep).
  2. Clean the Fridge – Rid your refrigerator of any outdated food or condiments. Want more suggestions? We love Stephanie Sisco of Real Simple magazine’s 7 great tips, as seen on this The Today Show clip.
  3. Take Inventory – Make sure your pots, pans, baking sheets, linens, and kitchen tools are clean and easily accessible.
  4. Clean your Cutting Boards – Naturally sanitize your wood (bamboo) cutting boards with a mixture of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
  5. Sharpen your Knives – Save time and possible injury with sharp knives, which are less likely to slip off food and unnecessarily hurt your helpful guest – or you!
  6. Let Technology be your Sous Chef – Do your menu planning ahead of time using the endless online resources available. Have your tablet handy in the kitchen to aid you on last minute questions, or print out your recipes in advance and place them in a binder that you can add to later on.
  7. Bring on the Hospitality – Remember that the best parties have comfortable guests. Interior Designer and Houzz Editor, Jessica McClendon reminds us that refreshments, seating, and a bathroom are most important to being a hospitality diva.

Most importantly, remember to breathe and smile!