Entertaining Tips and Helpers from Metro

I love to bake especially at the Holidays. I just find that with all the rushing around getting everything ready, throw in work and regular everyday life I don't always have time to bake when we are having guest over or heading to family events. Also it is nice to have something in the freezer or cupboards just in case friends or family stop by over the Holidays at other times. This is where Metro helps out big time! They have a whole line up of Irresistible treats and appetizers to appeal to all your guest. 

On New Years eve we usually get the finger foods out for our family dinner. We find the kids look forward to this and love to be able to pick away at this and that. They also just love serving themselves from trays. We usually serve spring rolls, bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp mixes and other little hors d'oeuvres. 

This year will are going to add some of the Irresistible indian style delights, Spanish style tapas, Chicken/Pork Satay and maybe even try out some of the Coconut Chicken bites.

Do you have family and friends that like it Sweet and Salty? You can serve them Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels with Sea Salt, Maple Butter - my all time fave!, Dark fruit cake which is my husbands favorite, Chocolate Brownie Lava cookies, or even Panettone Ice cream!
If you look in the back of the basket there is a little head just waiting for some treats for herself!
Here are 10 tips for Holiday Fun from Metro:
  1. Creative serving – Instead of communal bowls of nuts, try a more eye catching and hygienic presentation by putting snacks in clear-glass, narrow-necked decanters. Guests can pour nut and trail mixes themselves, and it looks great, too!
  2. Stagger serving times – If all food is served at the start of the night, guests are likely to gorge and go home early. Keep your party hopping by serving your tasty hors d’oeuvres all night long.
  3. Impress with a signature cocktail - Channel your inner mixologist and offer guests a unique signature cocktail for your holiday party. Be sure to have other non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to offer alongside this cocktail.
  4. Prep in advance – The ‘day of’ for the party planner is always hectic! Between set up, last minute errands, and wrangling the kids – stress is high. Try prepping what you can a few days before. Things like fruit trays, cheese and cracker platters and Swedish meatballs can all be put together a day or two in advance. 
  5. Presentation is everything – When preparing food trays and hors d’oeuvres platters, have fun! Use the Canadian winter landscape as inspiration by placing pinecones and frosted pine needles in your tray display. 
  6. Fast and fancy – Limited time? Solicit the help of the frozen food aisle! Metro’s private label line,Irresistibles, offers delicious appetizers perfect for party planners, with selection and creativity covered.
  7. Tidy as you go – No one likes waking up to a mess, by tidying bit by bit during your party, the house will be kept clean for your guests, too!
  8. Set the ambiance – A beautiful candle display can never go wrong at a holiday party
  9. Provide plenty of options – Be sure to provide an assortment of appetizer options at your holiday bash to keep all types of appetites full and happy!
  10. Enjoy yourself – This is your party, too! You’ve worked hard and it’s important to enjoy the environment, interact with your guests and taste your delicious treats!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn on behalf of Metro. We received a gift basket in exchange for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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