Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Get ready for the home-hosting season

Tips for your pantry, linens and more


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - During every holiday this season, food will be a major focus. Be prepared for the biggest days by having all the ingredients you need in your pantry, freezer and your refrigerator.Some might call the fall and winter months the holiday season, but it could just as easily be known as the hosting season.

It’s the time of year when cooking for crowds and welcoming friends and family for celebrations is the name of the game. For those opening their homes to guests, it can be hectic. But there are plenty of ways to make the season as full of cheer as it should be.

Keep this checklist in mind as you get started:

Give your decorations a checkup — By pulling out your holiday decorations well ahead of time, you can save yourself the stress of last-minute surprises like broken platters or light strings with half the bulbs burnt out.

Stock your pantry — During every holiday this season, food will be a major focus. Be prepared for the biggest days by having all the ingredients you need in your pantry, freezer and your refrigerator. From spices to stock to sweet treats, it’s better to have everything on hand rather than risking the chance of the grocery store being closed or dealing with the long, hectic holiday lines.

Freshen your linens — Guest rooms often go dormant during the quieter seasons of the year and need a bit of airing out before the hosting season. Keep a few sets of linens freshly laundered — one on each bed and a couple in the closet — to avoid stale smells. Make sure you also have a few extra blankets clean and ready to use as throws, and don’t forget to vacuum or clean window treatments.

Be ready to entertain — Being a good host means being prepared for last-minute fun. After the big meal is finished and everything is cleaned up, you and your guests will have time for some extra fun. Set out DVDs, board games and books that will keep guests of all ages entertained.




Local Weather

Fair

58°F

Lake Oswego

Fair

Humidity: 78%

Wind: 5 mph

  • 10 Jul 2014

    Partly Cloudy 88°F 59°F

  • 11 Jul 2014

    Mostly Sunny 93°F 63°F