Holiday Party Entertainment Tips from Metro!


With the Holidays being so close and so many parties and gatherings going on, some times it can be overwhelming  I received an amazing gift basket from Metro a couple of weeks ago and had the opportunity to try some new products from their Irresistibles line.

In the basket was Maple Butter, Dark Almond Fruit Cake, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, European Biscuits, Sun-dried Tomato crisps and a $20 gift card to go check out some of their other appetizers they have.  Let me tell you, everything in that basket was delicious and perfect appetizers for any Holiday gatherings you may be having or going to. I can't wait to head to Metro to pick up a few of their treats for our annual New Year's Eve party we'll be hosting this year.



Along with the gift basket they shared some awesome tips that I thought everyone could use around this time of year.


10 Holiday Party Planning Tips via Metro:
  1. Creative serving – Instead of communal bowls of nuts, try a more eye catching and hygienic presentation by putting snacks in clear-glass, narrow-necked decanters. Guests can pour nut and trail mixes themselves, and it looks great, too! 
  2. Stagger serving times – If all food is served at the start of the night, guests are likely to gorge and go home early. Keep your party hopping by serving your tasty hors d’oeuvres all night long. 
  3. Impress with a signature cocktail - Channel your inner mixologist and offer guests a unique signature cocktail for your holiday party. Be sure to have other non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to offer alongside this cocktail. (This is one of my favs., I love having drinks that I can serve that's unique and new to my guests during a party.) 
  4. Prep in advance – The ‘day of’ for the party planner is always hectic! Between set up, last minute errands, and wrangling the kids – stress is high. Try prepping what you can a few days before. Things like fruit trays, cheese and cracker platters and Swedish meatballs can all be put together a day or two in advance.  
  5. Presentation is everything – When preparing food trays and hors d’oeuvres platters, have fun! Use the Canadian winter landscape as inspiration by placing pinecones and frosted pine needles in your tray display.  
  6. Fast and fancy – Limited time? Solicit the help of the frozen food aisle! Metro’s private label line, Irresistibles, offers delicious appetizers perfect for party planners, with selection and creativity covered. 
  7. Tidy as you go – No one likes waking up to a mess, by tidying bit by bit during your party, the house will be kept clean for your guests, too! (Another great tip that I live by. This helps so much once the party is over) 
  8. Set the ambiance – A beautiful candle display can never go wrong at a holiday party 
  9. Provide plenty of options – Be sure to provide an assortment of appetizer options at your holiday bash to keep all types of appetites full and happy! 
  10. Enjoy yourself – This is your party, too! You’ve worked hard and it’s important to enjoy the environment, interact with your guests and taste your delicious treats!
What are some tips you use for hosting gatherings and parties around this time of year?

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a gift basket from Metro for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was received.

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