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Winter Entertaining Tips

Throwing a Winter party is a great way to beat the cold winter blues and gather all of your friends and family together.  There is nothing that says "Welcome to My Home" more  than the delicious aroma of baked goods and other tantalizing hot foods. How does a busy Mom pull together a party effortlessly without a lot of stress?  Read on for inspiration and stress free ideas from Laura Dellutri.

Tip# 1 Clean the house a day or two in advance and avoid last minute chaos.

Take 30 minutes to go from Drudgery to Sparkling!  Focus on the areas your company will see, and close the doors on the rooms they won't be in.  Use products that make cleaning stress free. Use a multi-purpose antibacterial wipe like Mr Clean with the fresh scent of Febreze to get the kitchen counters, bathrooms and other washable surfaces germ free and clean.  Forget the dirty bacteria infested string mop use the New Swiffer wet jet for a better clean then an old fashioned mop and bucket.  Vacuum only the high traffic areas that your company will see. Clean more efficiently with the Swiffer Duster with the 360 handle for all those hard to reach places while trapping and locking dust and dirt. 

Tip #2  Prepare the food a day ahead or a week ahead  You can prepare and freeze items like lasagna, casseroles and more. A Crockpot slow cooker can also make home cooking easier!   Forget slaving over a hot stove for hours, for painless cooking pick a crockpot pot recipe from Laura's new book "The Overworked Mom's Stress Free Homekeeping"

Tip #3 Dazzle and Impress Create ambience to impress guests!  We all know everyone judges your home by the way it looks and smells.  It's important to create the mood right at the entry to your home.  Try lining your driveway or entry door with lights. Fill fire-safe lunch-size paper bags (you can find these at craft stores) with kitty litter or sand, and place a votive candle inside. You can also put a specialty wreath decorated just for your guests also.  To eliminate tough odors inlcuding pet smells spray Febreze Pet Odor eliminator on furniture, carpets and bedding.   To add special aromas to the air like Cinnamon, Warm apple Crisp, and Apple Orchard Paradise visit Patty Delaware at Gold Canyon Candles.

Tip#4   Coordinate your table detail  you can really impress affordably with colorful napkins, napkin rings and centerpieces in a theme that would fit you and your guests’ preferences. Check out the clearance aisle at most department and outlet stores for the best buys!  For traditional gatherings, go buffet with placards identyfying the dishes.  For  a more elegant contemporary dinner add black, silvers and grays and to avoid the norm don't use name place cards use a metallic pen to write on fruit ( imitation or real apples, lemons, or pears) wrapped chocolate,  or other unique craft items or decorations like bells, birds and even unique things like a sunflower.

Tip# 5  Presention is Everything!  "Decorate" your meal like the top chefs!  parsley, tomatoes, colorful lettuce, chocolate shavings, whip cream, mouse, strawberries and flavored syrups can make foods look more tantalizing!  Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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