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Tara Ballantyne is helping us cut down on the prep-work of hosting so we can focus on having fun
Hack 1: Use Store Bought Pre-Cut Veggies
Purchase cut up veggies for a salad from your local salad bar to cut on prep time.
When it comes to making your salad you can cut up pre-washed salad greens and add all the fixings from the salad bar to create a beautiful salad in minutes. Top with simple oil and vinegar and you are ready in minutes. To make this even more simple, ask one of your guests to help you with the salad prep!
And for another simple appetizer, buy pre-blanched green beans and just simply top with feta cheese and toasted pine nuts.
Hack 2: Make A Batch Cocktail with a Bar Station for Guests
Make a simple batch cocktail to have on hand for guests to serve themselves to avoid having to make mixed drinks and refilling glasses all day and evening.
Apple Pie Cocktail.Ingredients
Hack 3: Customizable Leftover Station
A great way to save time on clean-up is a leftover station! Create a leftover station complete with take-out containers and labels for your guests to take with them before they leave.
Use bags, boxes, small sauce containers, and write out labels that guests can stick on each container. Make a quick sign for the station to let guests know that the food is free for the taking.
You'll be surprised how much less you need to spend by making a few simple ingredient swaps
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