Pre-Holiday To-Do ListEntertaining | November 17, 2017 | Nik Manojlovich
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time for an easy-to-follow guide to ensure your complete success. Here is our PRE-HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST.
Having been away for the past few weeks, I came home to the sobering reality that the holidays are fast approaching. A few years back I created this handy PRE-HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST, and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s become the perfect document to keep me organized and ready for the advent of entertaining my friends and family. Hopefully, you might find it useful too!
Before I begin, a request – don’t roll your eyes. Trust me, though some of these things may seem silly, it is written from experience. Print the list off and check off the items as you complete each task and tip.
In no particular order:
1) CALENDAR – Print out a calendar for the next 6 to 7 weeks and place it somewhere that everyone in the house can see for reference. Make sure to jot down any holiday events or happenings as they come. Mary and Joe’s annual party – jot it down. Suzie’s Christmas recital – jot it down. Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah on December 17 – jot it down. Having an updated calendar to reference will ensure you’re all on the same page for every event.
2) HOUSE ESSENTIALS – Go through your house as soon as possible to check your back-up quantities of facial tissue, toilet paper, hand and body soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, standard light bulbs, batteries, cleaning supplies and anything else that comes to mind. There’s nothing worse than having to run out an hour before a party to pick up basic household items – buy these things now before the stores get busy and keep your stress down.
3) ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS – Do an inventory of the things you might need when hosting a party or get-together, things like votive candles, cocktail napkins, paper dinner napkins, straws, stir sticks and so on. Not a bad idea to also do something nice just for you – how about a beautiful scented candle to make your home even more warm and inviting for the season. Head HERE to see my favourite available from AVENUE ROAD.
4) CHINA, GLASS, SILVER & LINENS – If you have a bit of time over the next few weeks, go through the kitchen and dining cupboards to make sure your china and glassware are good to go. A quick wipe with a clean damp cloth often does the trick. I also polish all my silver, silverware and other service pieces well before I intend to use them. Same goes for linens and napkins; if you launder your own, might as well press them now in advance of the season. I’ve listed my favourite polishes (and boy, do I ever love to polish!) below in our AMAZON LINKS.
5) KITCHEN ESSENTIALS – Pick up the essentials to ensure your kitchen also operates without hiccups – things like: paper towels, dishcloths, sponges, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, glass and surface cleaners, as well as cooking staples like parchment paper, tinfoil and plastic wrap. I recently discovered a great line of reusable coverings for culinary use. Head HERE to learn about UNSTICK.
6) PANTRY & FRIDGE PURGE – Now is the perfect time to go through your fridge and do an expiration date check. Discard any items past their prime and add replacements to your shopping list. Do the same with items in your pantry. One final suggestion is to consider purchasing extra dry goods when you go shopping to donate to a local food drive. In Toronto, you can drop nutritious, non-perishable items at your nearest Fire Hall in support of the DAILY BREAD FOOD BANK.
7) BAR INVENTORY – Do your bar inventory sooner than later. Make sure you have adequate quantities of your favourite libations plus, an ample supply of non-alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. While you’re at it, might as well pick up drink garnishes if you have plans for a fancy cocktail night: cherries, olives, cocktail onions, lemons and limes. We recently picked up some smart new glasses for our holiday cocktail stories. Head HERE to visit The Cocktail Emporium!
8) SPECIAL ORDERS – I always maintain “better safe than sorry” when it comes to speciality items you intend to serve over the holidays – order them now! Call your favourite purveyors and ask that they bring in their finest just for you! This includes your favourite butcher, baker, cookie shop, fish store, gourmet food shop and speciality stores.
9) CHARITABLE CONSIDERATIONS – The holidays are the perfect time to remember those less fortunate. If you can, prepare and send in your gifts with the hope that everyone has a happy holiday.
Hopefully tackling this list as soon as possible will help you feel more organized and prepared for the festive season.
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