Holiday Party Planning ~ 10 Tips from Metro

Friday, December 21, 2012 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

Whether you plan on doing some holiday entertaining or just having a few friends over for a evening Metro has got you covered with a wide selection of appetizers and snacks from their own Irresistibles line. I received a wonderful gift basket full of some new Irresistibles to try with my family. My basket included Maple Butter, Dark Almond Fruit Cake, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, European Biscuits, Sun-dried Tomato crisps and a $20 gift card to try out some more of their appetizers for some holiday entertaining.

I have to say I really enjoyed the European Biscuits and to my surprise the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. I usually shy away from all things chocolate so I was very surprised when I really liked these chocolates. I think the salt added just the right punch to them.

Metro has a large selection of appetizers for your entertaining needs and Metro has put together some great party planning tips for the readers of It's just my life..

Holiday Party Planning: 10 Tips for Festive Fun!

From decking the halls to trimming the tree and preparing your feast, holiday party planning can be exhausting! Metro has some stress-free tips to make your party the talk of the town! We’ve done the research and put together a list of need-to-know tips and techniques for an effortlessly unforgettable get-together.

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.

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!

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!

** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life... I was provided promotional material free of charge, by the manufacturer or a representing PR agency. All opinions are unbiased and my own. Images and information provided by metro. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. **