The holiday season is upon us and it’s probably the most stressful time for families.
While some families have already decided whether or not they’ll be traveling this year, there are those whom are planning their dishes for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and — if you’re lucky — on New Year’s Eve.
But not everyone is too worried about their holiday dishes. In fact, more families are using catering services to meet their holiday needs. 
One Florida company helps families focus on the important things, like catching up and sharing memories, this holiday. TooJay’s Deli serves a variety of breakfast favorites, specialty deli salads and so much more. In addition, the company offers catering services of their best dishes to make mealtime enjoyable for all. 
Dennis Snuszka, VP of Food & Beverage at TooJay’s Deli , shared a few tips for families to take some of the stress out of the holidays:

1. Make a list. 
It sounds simple but lists can help keep you organized and allows you to get all of the tasks and to-dos out of your busy mind and down on paper. This kind of planning will help you visualize how you want to serve the food and assure that you are not forgetting a family favorite. Start with your overall menu and then list ingredients needed, items that need to be ordered ahead as well as tasks that you can delegate.

2. Cooking Calendar. 
Once your menu is set you know not only what to make, but when to make it. Don’t leave the cooking to just one day. Some recipes need time for marinating, others can easily be made days ahead to free up oven space and ease the stress of the holiday event.
3. Simplicity is key. 
Easy to make items are key to avoiding stress, especially the day-of the party.  Between setting up and welcoming your guests, there isn’t much time to spend in the kitchen. There are delicious recipes that are also simple and easy to make. Examples include pears wrapped in prosciutto, green beans with pine nuts, a crudité platter, fruit salad and pre-made desserts. 
4. Label-Making. Set out and label serving dishes and pair with utensils a few days before the party. This allows you to get everything cleaned and sorted in advance. This step will also help you account for space and identify any other bowls, baskets or serving pieces needed. No one wants to scramble to set up an additional table or run to the store for more items the day of an event.
5. Leave it to the Pros. 
Sure, a holiday meal made in your kitchen sounds warm and fuzzy, but the strain on your holiday spirit may not be worth it. However, there is nothing wrong with getting a little help!  You can still make your traditional family favorites but let a caterer help with specialty foods for vegetarians or guests who need to eat gluten-free. Or, have them prepare desserts and side dishes to compliment your famous roast. Partnering with a caterer allows you to enjoy the holiday while serving a meal your friends and family won’t forget. It’s up to you whether you share your secrets!
Does your family choose catering during the holidays? 

2 responses to “5 Tips To Minimize Holiday Stress”

  1. I live by a list & I like to make side dishes, but leave the big dishes to the caterers. I always enjoy spending time with family instead of time in the kitchen. You have great tips here, thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my post, Lisa.

      Yes, I'm all for spending more time with the family instead of slaving over a hot stove.

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