Hostess with the Mostess

Hostess with the mostess. Tips for Xmas and New Year’s entertaining.

December is the holiday season which means that the diary is chock-a-block with get-togethers with family and friends. Hosting this year? While it can be hard work, here are some handy hacks for busy families who are short on time, but big on the holidays!

Know your guests. The first role of hosting is knowing your guests. Create a guest list where you can track RSVPs and any special requirements. This will help you determine catering and plan early for dietaries.

Make room for the feast. When you’re cooking for the masses, fridge space is key. The Westinghouse FlexSpace™ Refrigeration range is built to adapt to your party needs, with easy sliding doors and movable dividers you can customise the shelving configuration to make space for your canapés, ham, or champagne!

Christmas Cheer. With the party in full swing, no one wants to get stuck in the kitchen! With the Westinghouse induction cooktop range, the Pause button will ensure meals won’t get ruined by your ‘merry-making.’ Simply press the button and all heat zones will lower to a simmer while you’re away; press it again when you’re back and all the different temperatures will return to as they were.

Set up a self-serve cocktail station. So you don’t have to play bartender all night, set up a table (or two) with cocktail ingredients, shakers and glasses. People will have fun mixing their own drinks which will add to the party atmosphere!

Music. A band, singer or good party playlist sets the tone of an event. Just make sure it’s appropriate to the occasion and audience.