Holiday dinners are only a few days away and now that finals are over, I feel everybody needs a break. One day, we think about our 30-page-final-essay that is due the following day while another day, et start cleaning up in order to host a Christmas dinner with your loved ones. It may be a bit overwhelming, I know, but there are tricks I can show you in order to spend an amazing night stress-free. To help my case, here's a list of little life hacks that will allow you to spend a magical Christmas (let's hope we may get snow in the meantime, finger crossed!)
There will always be that moment during the evening where a few groups will be formed and discuss in their own spot. In order to gather everyone, why not prepare a game? It will please the whole family, believe me. It's the perfect combination after a cup of coffee pair with 5 types of desserts… perfect way to get out of that food coma. To please everyone, I'm suggesting classic games such as Scattergories or Cranium. Or else, there's always games that involve technology such as playing at the WII, or my favorite : Jackbox Party Pack 2 that contains many games and can be played on any smart phones. Rest assure, your 25$ spent on this game will give your money's worth. I just have to point out that you may have another stomach ache, but it won't be from your previous coma… you'll laugh so hard it'll hurt. Mark my words.
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2. Customized deco
The holidays are here to spend a wonderful time with your loved ones and reminisce about your childhood and marking memories. It's touching to see how everyone is all under the same roof to celebrate, but even more for any parents and grand parents who see their whole extended family all gathering around one big table to share an orgasmic meal. To add a more customized and personalized touch during your Christmas dinner or New Years Eve, I'd customize each place tags for all my family's members. This added touch will remind them how I've thought of them during the dinner's preparation, you can add anything to a little story you and that person shared, a wish, a picture on the back… the list is endless.
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If you're hosting, you'll be face with this dilemma where you have no clue what to offer to your guests. We never know if a type of wine will please everyone or if we bought too much or not enough drinks. To change things up a bit, I'm proposing to serve beer. I feel that there are a great selection of beer on the market and it would be crazy not to take advantage of this situation. You can have beer that will suits anyone's taste buds and the fact that beer come in a can will insure you not spoiling any glasses left unfinished. In order to spice things up at my homemade bar, I've decided to put the beer in a translucent Christmas box filled with ice. You only need to add your favorite beers. My favourites: Corona, Goose Island, Shock Top, Stella Artois (I'm sure this one is a big winner in any families). Place them all in the center of the table with a few bites and you're all set. I mean, it doesn't mean you have to leave the wine untouched. Have a few bottles of wine that will complement your dinner. You'll be then sure it'll be a success.
The fact of having your entire family over will bring you back memory lane and I feel the best way to be grateful towards our family is by contributing to this magical moments and to commemorate them all together. That say, I'm suggesting to go through your whole pictures albums and take out your favourite pictures. At the end of the evening, it's always entertaining to have a more relax activity and to chat once the kids are asleep. Also, you can set up a photo boot with an original background to take new pictures and showing them during future holiday dinners.
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5. Food porn
We LOOOOOVE our grandma's perfect recipe of her iconic sugar pie and our uncle's expertise and skills in terms of turkey cooking, however this year, if you wish to stunned your guests, there are an abundance of cooking books that just came out in any bookstores. If you have help during your dinner's preparations, try a new recipe and that may spice things up on the fun level.
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