HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN HOLIDAY PARTY
Hosting your own holiday party might seem a little intimidating at first, but with careful preparation, you'll feel ready to take on the title of 'Hostess with the Most-ess' in no time!
We've broken it down for you into 5 easy sections:
- ) Create a list, check it twice
- ) Clear and cleanse your space
- ) Stock up on supplies
- ) Set the scene
- ) Choose the perfect holiday party hosting outfit
We've also included an absolutely indulgent dessert to treat your special guests with down at the bottom: pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream (as well as a link to vegan pumpkin cheesecake recipe that is very yummy) that everyone will love!
Step 1: Create a List, Check it TWICE!
You want to start with creating a list of the people you want to invite to your get-together. Are you inviting all of your family and relatives, or are you throwing a party among your good friends? Keep in mind those who have children or significant others that they might want to bring along, as well.
After you've decided on who you are going to invite, find a way to deliver the invitations to them. Perhaps you want to send out a simple mass text invite to all of those who made it on the list; maybe you'd like to create official paper card invites; some people simply create a flyer online or e-invitation on social media and send the link to all of those who are invited. Whatever method you choose, remember to be specific on the invitation.
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Include the date, start time & end time
keep in mind, people will most likely show up later than the time specified
Location of the party
Include some instructions or directions if it's in a location that's hard to find
Are they allowed to bring anyone? Is there a limit to how many people they can bring? Are children or pets allowed? If you have pets of your own, you should alert guests in case they might be allergic.
What kind of party
Will this be a formal dinner party, or a casual get-together with loved ones? What is the attire?
Some of your guests may have food allergies or dietary restrictions that are important to be considerate of, so ask your attendees to let you know if you should be looking out for these. If you're having a potluck where each guest brings a dish or supplies of their own to share with the rest of the party, indicate this on the invitation.
Also remember that your guests might not be able to make it to your party. Don't take it personally and always be gracious if they have to decline the offer!
Step 2: Clear & Cleanse Your Space
Once you've got an idea of how many people are likely to come, it's time to start cleaning things up! Make sure that you have enough space in your place to hold the projected amount of people you'll be having over, then figure out how you want them to be seated. Start by doing a general sweep of your house and putting away all the things that might be taking up a lot of room in your common areas.
Step 3: Stock Up On Supplies
You might want to create yet another list of things that you need for the party before you start stocking up on all your supplies.
- Large dining room table + children's seating area
- Matching plates, platters, bowls, serving trays and dishes
- Napkins and napkin rings
- Cups and glasses
- Utensils and cutlery
- Bathroom supplies: hand soap, candle, hand towels, toilet paper
- Holiday-scented candles
- Cooking supplies & groceries
- Table centerpiece
- Gifts for guests
- Refreshments & spirits
Step 4: Set the Scene
Setting up your place for a great Holiday dinner may sound daunting, but it's actually the funnest part - besides the party itself. Get into the spirit and deck out your house in beautiful holiday decor. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or the Chinese New Year, flexing your decorating muscles will really liven up your entire house and make your celebrations all-the-more festive and special.
Step 5: Choose the Holiday Outfit
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream Recipe
This is a tried and truly delicious holiday dessert that is surprisingly easy to make if you have all of the baking supplies. It's been a favorite among any party that I take it to, and I'm constantly asked for the recipe or to make it each year for Friendsgiving, as well as by my family.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
What You Need:
• 9 in. Spring-form Cake Pan
• Parchment paper, to line the pan
• Food Processor, Stand Mixer or Electric Hand Mixer
• Heavy Duty Foil (optional)
• Large Roasting Pan (optional)
1. Leave your eggs, cream cheese, butter and sour cream out for a few hours until they become room temperature & soft.
2. This ensures that you get a smooth and uniform cheesecake with a great texture and taste. It also speeds up the process by reducing mixing time.
3. Line the bottom of your spring-form pan with the parchment paper by placing parchment sheet over only the bottom of the pan without the rim attached. Once it’s completely covered, secure the rim by placing it over the bottom, fastening it and simply cutting off the excess paper outside the rim. This will make the clean-up so much easier and prevent the cheesecake from getting stuck on the bottom of the pan.
• 2 Cups Graham Crackers (cinnamon sugar is preferred but honey works just fine)
• ½ Cup Softened Butter (room temperature)
• ½ tsp Salt
• 24 Oz (three 8oz packages) Cream Cheese (room temperature)
• ½ Cup Brown Sugar
• 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
• 1/3 Cup Sour Cream (room temperature)
• 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
• 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
• 2 ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend (cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg & clove)
• 3 Eggs (room temperature)
Cinnamon Whipped Cream Topping:
• ¾ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
• ¼ Confectioner’s Sugar
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• A few dashes of Cinnamon, to your taste
1. Heat oven to 350F (175C)
2. Boil 4 Quartz of Water
3. Wrap the outside of your Spring-form Pan with 2-3 layers of Heavy-Duty Foil so that no water can seep in through once it’s submerged in a water bath
4. In food processor, blend graham crackers with 2 TBSP butter, adding another 2 TBSP butter & salt, pulsing until the crumbs stick together. Then press crumbs into the bottom of the spring-form with fingers until it's a smooth and even layer with an inch going up onto the sides
5. Bake in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes; set aside and let cool on rack
6. Lower oven temperature to 325 Degrees F
7. In the same food processor (after washing & drying), or with a mixer on medium speed, beat softened cream cheese with the sugars, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally, until totally smooth (about 7 minutes)
8. Add pinch of salt, sour cream, vanilla extract & pulse or mix until just combined
9. Add pumpkin puree and mix until well-combined
10. Add eggs in one at a time, beating after each addition & scraping down the sides
11. Pour the filling into the prepared crust
12. Place cheesecake onto large roasting pan & pour the boiling water onto the roasting pan but NOT into the cheesecake itself
(The waterbath is optional and prevents the cheesecake from being too dry and cracking. You can forgo the water bath and still end up with a delicious result, though)
13. Place in middle of the baking rack and bake for 1 hour
14. Crack open oven door once baking is complete to allow cheesecake to cool to room temperature (about 1 hour) before transferring to the fridge for 6 hours, covered. Cheesecake will jiggle in the middle, which is normal.
Place beater attachments of hand mixer or stand mixer into freezer, along with large mixing bowl. Once cold enough, pour heavy whipping cream in the bowl and beat on lowest setting with confectioner’s sugar, increasing the speed once it starts taking a little more shape. Add vanilla and a few dashes cinnamon and beat until stiff peaks start to form. Keep in fridge until cheesecake cools and smooth across the top of cheesecake before serving.