Shamelessly Simple Holiday Party Tips

Shamelessly Simple Holiday Party Tips

(ARA)- Remember the days when a holiday party involved hours in the kitchen hand-making gourmet delights and even more hours cleaning up afterward? For many smart holiday hostesses, those days are long gone - and good riddance to them!
Savvy holiday hostesses are no longer ashamed to admit they use time-saving tricks like store-bought hors d'oeuvres and disposable tableware. Here are some tips for shamelessly simple ways to make your holiday entertaining both easy and successful:
* E-mailing invitations is easier than sending them through the post office.
* Serve simple spirits, rather than complicated cocktails.
* Make food ahead of time and freeze it. Don't be afraid to serve store-bought.
* Cut cleanup time by using disposable tableware. Lines like Hefty (www.HeftyBrand.com) now make durable, multi-use holiday-themed products that can significantly cut cleanup time.