The Newlyweds’ Guide to Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are here and the newlyweds have to think about what they’re going to do for their friends, family, coworkers and more. Here’s a guide on how not to stress about entertaining during the holiday season.

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WE ARE OFFICIALLY MARRIED, for those of you who are ignorant! On September 8th, 2019, we tied the knot. It was all I had hoped it would be, and then more. I really wish we could go back in time and do it all over again.

But, sadly, it’s time to start a new life as a newlywed. That’s also very nice. And, because this is our first year as newlyweds, we’re doing all the boring grownup things like purchasing a matching set of linen napkins and saving for retirement. But we’re also doing all the exciting things that newlyweds do, such as Christmas entertaining!!! 


One of our favorite things to do around the holidays is host our friends and family, especially because I’m a chef (did you know?!) and Alex is a fantastic entertainer. However, as a newlywed, it might be scary. What do you have on the menu? What, more crucially, do you put on? 


So, without further ado, I’ve put up a Christmas entertaining guide for newlyweds. I hope you enjoy yourselves!

1. Be open to the unexpected.

Unless you’re the most elegant newlyweds in the world, your serving ware is probably a touch mismatched. A spoon from college, a serving dish from your mother because she felt awful for you when you discovered you needed one and she simply let you keep it… So go ahead and accept it! I like to mix and match linen napkins so that each visitor has their own, yet they all belong to the same color family. It’s very adorable and lovely to combine wood servers with porcelain plates. 


2. When in doubt, one-pan dinners are a crowd-pleaser.

When friends come, the last thing we want to do is make a salad, grill steak, reheat side dishes, and warm bread. It’s just too much labor! When in doubt, one-pan recipes are excellent dinner party fare. A whole roasted chicken is our go-to dish for the holidays. All-Clad has a great Nonstick Roasting Pan with a V-shaped roasting rack that allows you to flawlessly cook bigger birds while collecting the juices at the bottom (hey there, gravy). Plus, it’s dishwasher safe, so you’ll spend less time at the sink at the end of the night! 



3. Music is required.

Is it truly a party if there isn’t any music? Alex is our party DJ, and he usually prepares a playlist ahead of time so that once the party begins, he can just push play and forget about it for the rest of the night. Anything Motown, the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, James Brown, and Etta James are a few of our favorite genres and performers for holiday entertainment. 


4. Ease of entertaining is essential.

After a full day of cooking and socializing, who wants to clean pots and pans? As a host, your objective should be to make your visitors happy while also making your life as simple as possible! Is there anything we’ve been worrying about lately? Pre-Release nonstick pans from All-Clad. You don’t need to grease your pans or line them with parchment paper to bake and broil straight on them. I mean it when I say there’s no need. It’s amazing how non-stick these little ones are! In their Pro-Release Half Sheet Pan, we cooked crispy smashed potatoes for this shot. While crispy smashed potatoes may easily adhere to whatever surface they’re on, ours came out flawlessly with no sections were they clung to the pan.



5. Keep it lighthearted.

Let’s be honest: we’re newlyweds, not full-fledged grownups. And the most enjoyable dinner parties are ones that are informal rather than formal. So, from the attire you pick to the meals you prepare, make it everything informal. It will put your visitors at ease and make them feel at ease, resulting in greater discussion, more laughter, and a better night! 


6. Have applications available for your visitors when they come.

Though I like to be cooking when our guests come, having apps waiting for them when they enter is a nice touch. What’s our go-to? A cheeseboard, of course! It takes up no oven space, can be prepared ahead of time, and who doesn’t adore cheese?!


7. Have fun with games

We like having an activity after dinner, and games are a terrific way to get everyone in the mood to have fun. Cards Against Humanity, Taboo, and Telestrations are a few of our favorites.


8. Don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to save room for dessert. It’s the ideal way to conclude your evening. Making my Lazy Girl Boxed Brownies in the All-Clad Pro-Release Square Baking Pan has been a blast. Simply combine the ingredients and pour into the pan! They came out easily without any shaking or knife cutting around the edges. 


Last but not least, don’t take oneself too seriously while in doubt. Have a good time. It’s not a job interview; it’s a dinner party. Relax, drink a beverage, and spend time with family and friends.


Last but not least, if you’re a newlywed seeking for bakeware and cookware that will last a lifetime for your registry, go no further than All-Clad. Years ago, my mother gave me my first All-Clad pot, which I still treasure. And now that we have the whole set, it’s as if I’ll never need to buy another pan again! Quite lovely

People, have fun entertaining! 


Sarah and Alex are a couple.

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