Holidays – It’s all about the Prep!

Christmas is just a few weeks away and you can most certainly feel it in the air. Are you feeling just a tad bit overwhelmed? There’s much to do this time of year, and with it comes a lot of stress. After all, you have holiday cards to send, gifts to buy, decorating to do – and that’s just the beginning.

What is the secret to tackling the holidays like a pro? It’s all in the prep!

Think of it this way: Before everyone opens presents, you have to tackle actually getting, and wrapping, those gifts you’re going to give. Before you serve dinner, there’s the planning of the meal and the grocery shopping. You must think about all the fine details that go into every event, and plan accordingly. Formulating a careful plan can really cut down on the holiday stress. 

Hosting a family dinner? Do you have enough dinner plates and cutlery for everyone? Look at the menu you’ve planned, and take a peek around your kitchen to make sure you have enough cookware to make that meal. If you’re going to need another serving dish, saucepan, or gravy boat, you’ll want to know before the big day arrives. 

Unexpected guests! We all know the panic behind the warm, welcoming smile that appears when you are greeted with unexpected company at the door. Shop now for a variety of beverages and frozen appetizers to offer, so that you have them on hand for when that doorbell rings.

I’ve made my lists, checked them twice and am adding to them daily – to prep our family and myself for the holidays. We’re hosting Christmas dinner this year – a first for us – so you can bet there’s much to do, buy, and prepare for.

I recently went to Target and spotted a few key items that’ll help me with the holidays this year.

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They have such a wide range of KitchenAid products, and their hand mixer immediately caught my eye. It wasn’t until I spotted this pretty pink sidekick that I remembered that my current mixer is starting to emit a burning smell when used. (As it was one of the first items my husband and I bought when we got our first house 15 years ago, this isn’t a big surprise.)

As I stood in Target and looked at the hand mixer, I thought of my holiday guests crinkling their noses at the burning smell coming from the kitchen, while I prepared those mashed potatoes … and into the cart that KitchenAid Hand Mixer went! Much embarrassment avoided!

The Keurig 2.0, also available at Target, is tops on my ‘prepping for the holidays’ list. While I love my current Keurig single-serve coffee maker, making so many single cups isn’t the best approach when you have a houseful of people.

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When company has arrived in the past (during the holidays or at any other time of the year), I’ve had to bring out the old large brewer from storage. Then I had to clean it before making coffee for my guests (please entertain yourself while I clean my appliances. Ugh), and then also had to deal with having 2 machines taking up space on my counter.

Making a whole carafe with the Keurig 2.0. is more cost-effective that making many single individual cups, and I’ll also have a hot beverage the second someone needs some, without having to hunt in the basement for a brewer. Yet, the thing I love most about the Keurig 2.0 is that it also makes my beloved single serve cups, so I can use this one machine for both functions, whenever the need arises. Dual purpose!

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The moral of my own shopping trip to Target is this: it’s all in the prep.

Today I challenge you to go through your usual day, and with everything you reach for and do, ask yourself if this would work, if there were guests at your house right now. A few essentials purchased today will make your holidays that much easier and less stressful, I guarantee!

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  1. Thank you for this common sense approach to the Season. I like to plan but I know i could do better. Thank you for your tips and I hope your meal is very happy and festive.

  2. I actually had 2 Thanksgivings this year on different days so it made the prep a lot more easier. I also made a couple semi homemade desserts.

  3. I think I really need to get one of the new Keurig’s before the holidays, it would really come in handy for all those cups of coffee I know we are going to go through.

  4. This is our first year we are not hosting any dinners or parties, so the stress level is lower. I love the prices and selection from Target.

  5. I am always getting things prepared. I am a planner, for me things go so much smoother with a good plan.

  6. Maintaining your sanity during the holidays really is all prep work. If you don’t have all your ducks in a row, you’re in for a rough ride.

  7. Great post! I didn’t do my prep-work one year… It turned out to be the most horrible Thanksgiving ever. I was constantly on the go, and I barely got everything finished in time.

  8. This is so true! Preparation is everything. The more you prepare before hand, the easier everything really is later.

  9. I try to plan then I procrastinate and then panic cause it is now crunch time

  10. I drive my kids and hubby crazy because I am such an organizer and planner, but they end up appreciating it in the end!

  11. I miss having my Keurig! It cost too much money for the coffee with the amount that my husband and I drink in a given day, so we switched to a regular coffee brewing system.

  12. We always host Thanksgiving and Christmas as the inlaws live with us. HA! It seems easier that way. I love to host and always have my Keurig set up

  13. Planning ahead can save you a lot of headaches. I believe in doing your prep work for a smooth day.

  14. I love my Keurig because I can have hot drinks in minutes. Perfect for unexpected guests or rushed mornings.

  15. I am use to having a very large family so I always have things on hand. But I do love planning. It take the chaos out of it all.

  16. It’s good to be prepared but I’m a pretty unorganized person. When I read the part about cards, I quickly grabbed a piece of paper and made a list of the people I have to send them to. I do always make sure I have coffee and cookies on hand though, just in case someone stops by for a visit.

  17. It is always smart to be prepared. You never know when you might have some surprise visitors.

  18. Keurig is great for every day but especially the holidays. Stock up on different K-cups and you got something for everyone no matter what their beverage of choice is.

  19. So do they sell giant K cups for the brewing a pot of coffee? We were wondering how that works.

  20. this was a good read! I am having Christmas at my place this year since we just had our second daughter a couple months ago everything said would be easier if we didnt have to go anywhere so everyone is coming to us. I’ll make sure to get myself all prepped and prepared ahead of time 🙂

  21. I try to prep what I can before going to bed each night, and it makes a world of difference. On mornings I don’t prep the night before all I want to do is go back to bed, kind of like today. Love that Keurig.

  22. I’m a huge planner I start planning months and months ahead. If nothing else I am organized. You are definitely right it’s all in the prep. Makes for a much more enjoyable holiday.

  23. These is great, I don’t really ever have guests here. Sadly everyone is “to busy” they say, even though they drive by my home on a regular to and from work as well as other relatives. Sometimes I feel like a Black Sheep of the family on one side, but we will see, they seem to be getting better about it and I Must get a Keurig to have coffee ready quickly for them now that they are trying to stop more often.

  24. Love my Keurig 2.0 Brewer! The carafe is a wonderful feature for multiple cups.

  25. I really, really try to plan. I write lists, I write lots of lists LOL… Seems there’s always a hiccup no matter how much I’ve planned. Sometimes, those hiccups are the most fun too!

  26. I didn’t realize the new keurig machine would brew whole pots. That is cool for when company is over.

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