Truvia’s Top Five Holiday Hosting Tips

‘Tis the season for sweetness and coming together! While that certainly brings the joy of catching up with old friends and dear family, it can also bring a fair amount of holiday-induced stress. Not to worry! Team Truvia is here to help everything run as smoothly as possible with our Top Five Holiday Hosting Tips!

1. Make A Plan

Our first tip is to create a checklist complete with your shopping list, your menu plan, and what household tasks you need to complete. Don’t forget the entertainment for the evening!

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2. Write Out Your Guest List

Write out your guest list! Even for informal get-togethers, knowing how many people you’ll be hosting is essential and ensures you’re being a conscientious host. Are there any food allergies or special dietary requirements for anyone on the guest list? Make note of these to make sure everyone can enjoy the meal. Also, don’t host more than you can handle! “The more the merrier” is a nice sentiment in theory, but if you don’t have the space, too many people can overwhelm an otherwise delightful occasion. Keep your list reasonable and realistic, and everyone will be happier for it.

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3. Plan The Menu

Planning a holiday meal with your guests in mind is key. If you’re not sure about your guests’ eating habits, some tasty “just in case” options are a must. A vegetarian option, using a sugar substitute for baking desserts (we recommend Truvia Sweet Complete with Stevia or Monk Fruit!), and stocking up on some pre-mixed mocktails are all great ideas. All this kitchen talk seeming overwhelming? Are you maybe not-so-skilled in the kitchen but still want to throw an incredible party? Having the main course catered saves time and energy, giving you the room to create some incredible treats and deserts! Check here for some delicious inspiration!

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4. Stock the Bar

No matter what they’re drinking, your guests will appreciate a well-stocked bar. A wide variety is the safest bet, and you don’t have to buy top-shelf to make something delicious. Try to keep a diverse array of mixers on hand to accommodate everyone, making sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic options (sugar-free mocktails are hot right now!), and some soft drinks for the kids. Keeping a large pitcher of ice water out in the open is a considerate and convenient time saver for everyone.

Here’s a pro bartender hack: use some Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener Packets to pre-make some sugar-free simple syrup, and keep it close at hand– it’s a great cocktail shortcut!

And our absolute, number one beverage tip: BUY MORE ICE THAN YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED! You will run out. It’s just a fact.

5. Don’t Forget to Enjoy It!

First and foremost, it’s a party. Have fun, laugh, celebrate, and remember to breathe! The host sets the tone for the evening, and if you’re stressed and overwhelmed, your guests will pick up on it. Set yourself up for success: Plan ahead, give yourself plenty of time, and don’t worry if everything isn’t perfect– no one is going to remember if you set out the wrong forks! Take the time to enjoy the company, your friends & family, and the sweetness of the season!

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