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Impress guests this holiday and take the stress out of holiday entertaining with our Party Planning 101 for the Holiday Hostess tips and checklists to make holiday entertaining a snap! You'll even love our amazing Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookie recipe!
Party Planning 101 for the Holiday Hostess
When planning a party, let the party reflect your taste. Entertaining is really just about putting your taste and style on display. Creating an ambiance with a low-lit atmosphere can even give pizza old-movie glamour.
When decorating, be sure to keep flowers and centerpieces low so guests can’t see each other across the table. Yes, you can have a large centerpiece but move them off the table once people sit down!
Always remember to include the single friend or expect an extra surprise guest. You can always make room for more! There should be lots of seats to pull up, but scattered around the perimeter of the space so as not to block the party’s traffic flow.
Most importantly, have food a plenty. At holiday parties, allot 10 appetizers per person for cocktail parties and six per person for dinner parties. Whether you’re passing hors d’oeuvres or arranging them on a buffet, having plenty keeps guests happy.
And always remember, anything goes. Don’t take yourself too seriously, so have fun!
Holiday Hostess Tips and Checklist
Getting organized is the best way to ensure you’ll have more holiday cheer at your party this year. A week-by-week plan of action helps spread out the tasks you need to accomplish while making space for enjoying the season and the traditions you value most. By carefully spacing out the myriad tasks that go into preparing for a holiday party, you’ll avoid bottlenecks and last-minute frenzies during this busiest of all seasons.
Check out our holiday party plan and how we use P&G products before, during and after hosting with some of our favorite time-saving short-cuts below.
Bounty – not just for cleaning after the spill.
When baking with flours and powder sugar, place a Bounty sheet on the counter top to catch any dry ingredient spills as they happen.
Swiffer refills (wet, dry & duster 180s) – put that mop away!
There's no need to pull out that filthy mop during the party for liquid spills. Swiffer refills (wet, dry & duster 180s) clean up even the scariest spills like juice and wine. Plus, they make your house smell great!
Kirkland brand products – quality products under Coscto's own private label
Save time by purchasing additional pre-baked appetizers, desserts, beverages, and snacks for the kids in bulk to compliment your signature recipes.
Procter & Gamble products – making party planning easy.
Clean the house thoroughly with products like Bounty, Dawn Platinum Advanced Power, Swiffer refills (wet, dry & duster 180s), Bounce, and more of your favorite products from Procter & Gamble. Make the most of the holiday season by shopping at Costco to save time and money.
Pro tip: To keep linens fresh, hide a sheet of Bounty between fabrics to keep musty smells at bay. And don't forget to stock feminine products in a small decorative case in all restroom for guests.
Set the table as a trial run.
Do a trial run with your table decor and food. Purchase additional decor and food as needed.
Pro-tip: You don't have to spend a fortune on table decor when you let your food be the star of the party!
Taste test new recipes!
Test any new, signature recipes you want to make, like our Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies below.
Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
The mild buttery flavor of these Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies compliments just about any flavor of jam available. Plus the egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free recipe make these cookies a safe option for those with food allergies.
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup fruit preserves, any flavor
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 – 4 tsp water
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, whip butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and salt, scraping down the bowl as needed.
- Switch to low and gently add flour, until just combined.
- Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls and place dough balls on parchment lined baking sheets. Press down the center of each ball with a spoon (or your thumb) making a slight depression. Fill cookie centers with a teaspoonful of preserves.
- Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Be careful not to over bake.
- Let cool a few minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- When cookies are completely cooled, drizzle glaze of the top with the back of a spoon.
For the glaze:
- Whisk all glaze ingredients together in a small mixing bowl, adding enough water to reach desired consistency.
- Drizzle glaze over cookies in a sweeping, side to side motion.
This holiday season, be sure to purchase all your Procter & Gamble household needs at a Costco store near you.
About Procter & Gamble Products
Procter and Gamble products can be purchased at Costco stores nationwide. Paper products like Bounty, laundry items like Bounce, home products like Dawn Platinum Advanced Power and Swiffer refills (wet, dry & duster 180s), and feminine care products like Tampax will not only make your party planning easy, but save you money when you purchase them in bulk. Plus, buying in bulk saves from the embarrassment of running out of life's necessities.