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Preparing the Home for a Holiday Feast

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

During several holidays throughout the year, it is customary to invite family and close friends for a big meal and celebration. Getting ready for the feast often means picking up extra supplies from the local discount store. From cleaning the kitchen to preparing snacks for guests and cooking a large meal for many people, there is much to do before everyone arrives.

Special supplies from the discount store can be picked up in one convenient trip a day or two before the holiday feast. These might include foils, wraps, trash bags, tablecloths, candles, decorations, dish towels and paper towels. Napkins, extra plates, utensils and any holiday wall decorations can also be purchased at this time. Any last-minute ingredients for recipes, plus snack foods and containers for storing leftovers are also things to consider for purchase. Cleaning supplies for the kitchen and bathroom will make the house clean and fresh for visitors.

Kitchen cleaning supplies are perhaps the most important part of preparing a holiday meal. Before any food preparation can begin, the kitchen should be cleaned from top to bottom. The oven should be cleaned according to manufacturer's instructions, with the stovetop and sink also scrubbed in preparation of a busy day with multiple dishes to cook. This is best done the day before the gathering, leaving plenty of time for any surfaces that need to dry out or residual scents from any cleaning products to disappear.

Begin by cleaning and putting away any dishes, pots and pans that are left in the sink or dishwasher. The countertops and tables should be wiped down with cleaning products. All cookware needed to prepare the feast that is seldom used should be pulled out, cleaned if necessary and set aside for the next day. This is a good time to clean and sweep the floor. Any non-perishable supplies for the next day should be set out. If there is a very large crowd, moving tables and setting them with tablecloths is another task that can be done ahead of time.

The morning of the feast, everything will be ready to start preparation of appetizers and the hostess can begin preparing the meal. Be sure to have cold or hot drinks ready for guests, especially those who arrive early. By setting up a day or two in advance, the home will be ready for a special time of celebrating the holiday with family and friends.

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