Justine Santaniello, Lifestyle and Trends Expert, looks at some fun and time saving ideas for holiday get-togethers
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the arrival of friends and family, plus all of the holiday parties, time can be an asset. Justine Santaniello, Lifestyle and Trends expert, shares her tips for fun and time saving holiday entertaining! Justine featured everything from delicious drinks, to dining out to satisfying sweet desserts to playing your favorite holiday music that will guarantee a stress-free holiday celebration!
If you’re playing host this holiday season you can breathe a sigh of relief in that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the main meal. Everyone has their favorite holiday dishes whether it be the classic turkey or ham, even the traditional sides of cranberries or mashed potatoes. You want to focus on those “extras” we tend to forget about. No need to worry, I’m here to walk you through some of the details to help you prepare!
Let’s start with the drinks! I like to create a DIY soda bar that guests can help themselves to. You can lay everything out for them like cups, straws, garnishes, and then my favorite part…Water made exciting!
SodaStream, a leader in home beverage carbonation systems, offers delicious and easy ways to craft better-for-you, customizable cocktails and mocktails without splurging on the calories. When planning holiday gatherings, consider creating a DIY soda bar with the brand’s newest machine, SodaStream Play, to please the masses and ease the stresses of party planning. The Play is the perfect fit for all the upcoming festivities this season with over 60 flavors to choose from and endless combinations to please all those that just want to add some fizz, it’s water made exciting.
The SodaStream Play retails at $89.99, while the new SodaStream Naturals retail for $7.99. You can find all products from the brand at national retailers and on sodastream.com now to make your holiday gifting a breeze this season!
Please visit www.sodastreamusa.com for more information.
When it comes to dessert you want to choose something easy for you as the host but is still something delicious that appeals to guests of all ages, like ice cream.
Dreyer’s/Edy’s Holiday Ice Cream
An easy holiday dessert that is sure to delight all ages at your family gathering this season is only a scoop away with Dreyer’s/Edy’s limited edition holiday ice cream flavors: Peppermint Wonderland and A Very Merry Eggnog. These limited edition flavors are available in Grand and Slow Churned varieties and are only available until December – make sure to scoop them up while supplies last.
Available at grocers nationwide.
Sometimes as a host we forget about the small details like decorations, favors, and setting the mood. Playing your favorite holiday music at the party is a must so I want you to check out these wireless speakers that will give new life to your parties or just relaxing at home!
HEOS™ by Denon
HEOS™ by Denon is an incredible new wireless multi-room sound system. The HEOS product line includes three stunning, wireless multi-zone music players. The HEOS 3 is perfect for small to medium sized rooms, can be used horizontally or vertically, and two can be combined as a perfectly synchronized stereo pair. The HEOS 5 is great for medium to large rooms and packs amazing bass performance into a discreet and sophisticated form. The HEOS 7 effortlessly fills large rooms and open areas with huge sound. HEOS easily connects to an existing Wi-Fi network to bring Denon-quality audio to any or all rooms with the HEOS app, available for both iOS and Android™. HEOS by Denon delivers your favorite music from the world’s leading online music services including top cloud sources, “legacy” sources, and any smart device. Together or individually, these acoustically sculpted, stylish and powerful speakers deliver pure, precise sound. Group them together to synchronize the sound or use them individually.
Purchase the HEOS 3 for $299, the HEOS 5 for $399, and the HEOS 7 for $599.
Please visit www.HeosbyDenon.com for more information.
Let’s face it, sometimes during the busy holiday season you just want to keep things simple and go out to dinner! And now it’s even easier than ever…
Outback Steakhouse Click Thru Seating
Outback Steakhouse® is empowering guests to take control of their restaurant experience through the introduction of Click Thru Seating on Outback.com – giving anyone, anywhere access to wait time information and the ability add their name to the wait list before they arrive – helping hungry guests get seated faster.
Guests can now visit www.Outback.com/seating to view the current wait time at their local Outback, and put their name on the wait list to be seated now or later.
Please visit www.Outback.com/Seating for more information.
One last tip, don’t forget to make your lists ahead of time. Shopping lists for the supermarket, party store, specialty stores and also a general to-do list so you can ease your mind knowing you checked everything off before guests arrive!
* Content Provided and Sponsored by SodaStream, Dreyer’s/Edy’s, Denon Electronics and Outback Steakhouse