Season’s greetings, smiling people!
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the 2018 holiday season! The holidays are all about family, fun, and food.
Whether you’re celebrating at home or in your office, we are dishing out the best recipes to make, games to play, décor inspiration, holiday drinks to make, AND where to find the best gifts without dealing with stressful mall shopping.
Let The Whitening Store team help you have the best holiday this year!
KEEP CALM, AND ENJOY THE SEASON!
Though festive, the holiday season can be stressful. Trying to buy the perfect gift for loved ones isn’t always easy. Especially when everyone is trying to buy presents at the same time.
We’re going to let you in on a secret--HOLIDAY SHOPPING CAN BE FUN.
Here are ways you can keep your sanity, snag great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and still enjoy your holiday.
Avoid Stressful People and Energy
If you have to run errands, don’t do it during peak times. If you have kids, wait until their bedtime and run out to the store while your significant other or babysitter watches them for a little bit. Try a delivery service for your groceries—this service is ever growing in the United States. Here in Florida, Publix now offers it!
Definitely Avoid the Mall
As we all know everyone is going to be at the mall. Instead, try a little Netflix and online shopping.
Remove the Money Factor
Remember, when it comes to the holidays, it’s not about having a lot of money, it’s about being together. In a world of so much excess, choose special and meaningful gifts over expensive gifts. Perhaps, gift someone a DIY gift. Receiving a gift that somebody made is that much more special. #WarmAndFuzzy
If staying organized is important to you during this gift giving time, use Trello (it’s a great project management system that our team uses regularly) or opt for a classic planner. You can get really cool journals or planners at Michael’s.
Alright, we’ve mentally prepared you for the holidays. Now, it’s time to get you in the holiday spirit.
Baking, decorating, cooking, mixing beverages and wrapping gifts are all ways to be creative, so let the juices flow.
HOLIDAY DRINKS THAT IMPRESS
Keep Cocktails and Mocktails Simple
When it comes to putting out drinks for the holidays, it doesn’t have to be so complex.
- Hot chocolate is a great go-to drink, especially when it’s cold outside. Make it interesting and add some peppermint for a peppermint hot chocolate or ginger and cinnamon for a gingerbread hot chocolate.
- Hot apple cider is a great go-to as well. It’s super easy to customize and be creative with many of the things you already have in your spice rack.
Here are just a few of our favorites to indulge in:
- Spiked Eggnog
- Fruity sangria
- Chilled prosecco with a spoonful of gingerbread syrup,
- Exotic Coquito (a Puerto Rican coconut milk rum).
- Mulled wine
Mocktails (cocktails without alcohol are great for the whole family, especially if children or pregnant women are on the guest list. Our favorite mocktails are:
You can get very creative when it comes to decorating for Thanksgiving by giving your house a little DIY makeover. Repurpose old candleholders and place little pumpkins on them to dress up any room you’re entertaining in. You can even arrange them around a bouquet of fake flowers on your dining room. If you have a mantel, decorate it with decorative plates and pumpkins. Hang a wreath on your front door to give a warm welcome.
We were inspired by these Thanksgiving Day recipes:
Stick with the classic. Have everyone say what they are thankful/grateful for. Our CEO Kayla overheard someone talk about this cute idea: ask each person at the table to say something nice about the person sitting to their left. This is sure to make people warm and fuzzy. Kindness always brings people closer together.
WINTER HOLIDAY IDEAS
Seasonal and Christmas Décor
Streamline your decorating by choosing a few colors and a few details to accent with your color palette.
TIP: Candles are a great way to spruce up a room. A little romance goes a long way. Nothing says festive more than twinkling lights.
- Warm winter salad
- Persian squash and pistachio roast
- Asian inspired turkey salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Cheesy peas
Christmas Baking Ideas
Holiday Dinner Recipes
- Skip the ham and turkey, impress with a roasted goose!
- Latkes are quite possibly one of the most versatile foods
Office Christmas Parties
Dress to Impress
Not sure what to wear to your office Christmas party? You can be bold and festive while still remaining professional. Try a colorful skirt and turtleneck combo or a statement jacket paired with a monochromatic outfit underneath.
It’s not an office Christmas party without a potluck!
Bring the Sweetness
Are you looking for a reason to bake? Share your delicious desserts with your coworkers so that you won't overindulge at home.
- Cookies: Ginger cookies, Peanut butter toffee cookies, and Lemon currant cookies
- Pies: Apple Crumb Pie, Pecan pie, and Chocolate pecan pie
- Cake: Chocolate pistachio cake, Coconut layer cake, and Cranberry upside down cake
Lighten Up the Mood
Steer your coworkers’ minds away from work for the evening. Rally everybody for a cubicle decorating contest or a holiday bake-off.
Have you ever participated in a white elephant gifting? If not, here’s a complete guide to great white elephant gifts for this year!
Let's Wrap This Present Up!
The holiday season is so important because it’s a time of giving, reflecting on everything you’re thankful for, and being surrounded by your friends and loved ones.
Don’t let the stress of the holidays get in the way of your happiness. Our goal is to bring some peace and smiles to you with this guide.
Most of all this holiday, we want you to have fun!
Kayla, Ilana, and the Team at TheWhiteningStore.com