Holiday Planning Starts Now

Posted October 11th, 2010 in Serving with Style

I hate to even utter the next few words, but I’m going to anyway.

There are only 82 shopping days until Christmas.  Between now and then, you’ll probably turn into a crazy person as you buy, prepare, wrap, decorate, and bake until exhaustion.

Don’t worry, I’m here to help! This post is the first of several I’ll write about how you can prepare for the busy holiday season now.

One thing that can really slow me down in the kitchen is not having enough baking or serving ware. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, now is a good time to take inventory of what you may need.

If pie is a favorite at your house (and really, who doesn’t like pie?) consider investing in multiple Pyrex Grip-Rite Pie Plates. On Sur La Tables’s website, they’re priced at just $6.95.

While Pyrex certainly gets the job done, if you’re looking for a pie dish that’s also beautiful to look at, Sur La Table also has Emile Henry pie dishes that range from $19.95 to $49.95. The caramel color would be lovely on a Thanksgiving table. I especially love the leaf shaped cookie cutters shown with it. I always try to make leaf shapes with pie dough to decorate my pies freehand and they are always a bit rough.

For families who love making Christmas cookies, this three tier cooking rack allows for more counter space. By stacking cookies, you’ll have more space to roll, cut, and decorate. If you’re really thinking ahead, you may want to consider making cookie dough in November and freezing it until December.

Finally—a tip that doesn’t involve baking. If you have a big family, it may be worth it to invest in a sturdy folding table that can be used for many years of entertaining. Costco has a reasonable folding table for $55. It’s lightweight but sturdy, easy to break down, and not difficult to store. If you’re expecting a lot of guests, I’d think about this option.

I’d love to hear some of the ways you prepare early for the holidays. Comments welcome!

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