Is it your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, but feeling a bit unprepared? Lifestyle expert Marc Silverstein joined me this week to chat about holiday entertaining- from the must haves you need to ensure your party is a hit to tips to ensure you’re stress-free, organized and prepared.
Lifestyle expert Marc Silverstein. Image courtesy of MyFoodU.com
Candace Rose: Many of us will be entertaining over the holidays; what can we do to ensure our guests have a great time and we aren’t stressed out in the kitchen?
Marc Silverstein: You want to make it stress-free, so one of the things you’ve got to do is you’ve got to plan ahead. You figure everything out, it’s all planned and that removes a lot of the stress. And you’ve got to have the right stuff.
And this is the right stuff:
The LG Super-Capacity 4 Door refrigerator is one of the largest with 31 cubic feet of space. It lets you stock up on all your favorite holiday foods. It has LG’s smart cooling system with special evaporators to help keep food fresher for longer. You can cut up a veggie tray the day before , and when your guests all get there, it’s just as fresh. It’s designed for convenience, has two crispers and a glide and serve pantry drawer; and a double freezer drawer that makes it all for easier access.
We’re talking about flexibility, let’s talk some flexibility! The new Source from SodaStream is powered by refillable CO2 cartridges (or canisters) and in less than 30 seconds you can turn ordinary tap water into fizzy great tasting soda; sparkling water for the kids; cocktail mixes for the adults. It’s elegantly designed by Yves Behar, the renowned designer. The entire top surface is respondent to the touch so you can create three levels of fizziness and you can see it all on an LED display. It has a new snap and lock mechanism that makes it really easy and fast to use.
This is great as a gift or is going to take your food to the next level, it’s the Circulon Symmetry, also available in rich chocolate. This is gourmet non-stick cookware, it’s dishwasher-safe, it’s oven-safe up to 400 degrees. It’s compatible with all cooktops including induction burners. It’s made from hard anodized aluminum which is a fast and even heating metal, so it’s metal utensil safe and it looks so good you can take it right from the oven or the stove and take it right there at the table.
A great way to wow your guests is individual coffee just for them, made with the Jura Ena Micro 9 One Touch. It’s the world’s smallest cappuccino automatic cappuccino machine. It gives you a true bean to cup experience. It uses Swiss technology to create creamy cappuccinos, latte macchiatos, coffee or espresso, all with the touch of one button. You don’t even have to move the cup and it froths and steams the milk into this light feathery consistency.
Your guests are going to gather in the kitchen aren’t going to want to leave the kitchen.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else we can do to ensure our holiday party is a hit?
Marc Silverstein: “You want to plan ahead, so like I said- make a list when you go shopping so you don’t have to go back and forth to the store and spend extra money. You have to figure out who is coming and save yourself some money by sending out e-invites. You’re going to assign tasks when people ask to bring something, and have people pitch in and clean up. And the other thing is you’ve got to have fun. If the host is having fun and not stressed out, everybody else is going to be stress-free.
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