I. Love. The. Holidays.
I love the excitement, the food, the music, the visitors, the parties, the decorating, the EATING, the events, the gift and cookie exchanges and did I mention holiday food?
As much as I love the togetherness of the holidays, I often stress about the preparation.
Planning a party or getting your house ready for holiday visitors is not a task for the faint of heart. Sure, we think about heading to the grocery store to stock up on food and drinks. Yes, we whip up the perfect holiday playlists to play softly in the background. And don't forget the pine-and-cinnamon scented candle to complete your holiday regime.
But, it's the behind-the-scenes stuff that takes us by surprise, stressing us out and depleting our storehouses of holiday spirit.
To ease the pain of seasonal stress, here are 5 things to grab at Giant Food Stores and have on hand to make your holiday entertaining a breeze:
This is a MUST. When the eating portion of your party is winding down, having reusable containers to throw leftover food into is a god-send. That way, you can get food into the fridge instead of leaving it out to fester, and you can happily send leftovers home with guests as they leave. Easy, peasy.
Don't endure that moment of chaotically getting ready for the party and remembering, with just an hour before guests arrived, that you forgot to clean the bathrooms? Having Giant brand cleaning supplies on hand make that last-minute cleaning a breeze. I love their cleanser sanitizing wipes, which help me to quickly wipe down counters, sinks and toilets. They are also great to have on hand to quietly spot clean during the party because I CANNOT HELP MYSELF.
Cooking and baking should be the LAST of your worries when entertaining. Take the stress out of the kitchen by going semi-homemade with a few items. Grab some of the pre-made appetizers and dips from Giant's Simply Enjoy line or their Homemade Pancake Mix. Guests don't have to know it wasn't made from scratch (your secret is safe with me).
Because, let's be honest. This is one of the most important things. Also? It's nice to have medicinal items on hand in case a guest is in need. I hardly ever buy the name brand painkillers, as I've found the Giant Care One brand works just as efficiently for a fraction of the cost. WINNING.
Paper Plates, Napkins and Utensils
Give the dishwasher a night off. When guests visit, using disposable supplies makes everything so much easier. Instead of scrubbing dishes, just pop it all in the trash when you are done, and you are free to keep socializing. It's my favorite. Also? We use the Giant Brand disposable plates, cups and utensils ALL. THE. TIME. They are the least expensive on the shelf, but top-notch quality.
Are you ready to stock up for holiday prep at Giant Food Stores?
In the name of holiday preparation, Giant is giving one of my readers a $25 gift card! Get ready to be PREPARED and WIN (see what I did there?)!
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