reducing pre party stress

Reducing pre-party stress

Anyone that has planned a dinner party knows the stress it can cause. Your friends and family mean a lot to you and you want to make sure they walk away impressed – we get it. However many of us simply don’t have the free time to plan a party weeks in advance. If you are one of those people, we have a few tips to help you host your party and eliminate some of the pre-party stress:

Prepare food in advance

While some dishes need to come straight out of the oven, consider crowd favorites that can be prepared before your event. Dishes that can be made before and then reheated cut down time in the kitchen when your friends or family arrive.

Use Disposables

Spend more time with your guests and less time cleaning dishes with disposable plates, cutlery and cups. With the help of Mozaik, gone is the stigma of disposables! Our products are made to look like the real thing, ensuring your guests will leave impressed.

Just have fun!

Remember that the point of hosting your get together is to have fun and make memories. When you let go and redirect your energy on fun with your guests, your time with them is a lot more memorable! Just go with the flow and don’t fret over all the small details.

Cheers to the New Year!

Cheers to a New Year!

A new year is just around the corner! Can you believe it? New Years Eve parties are always fun and exciting – until someone breaks a glass or a plate. We know things like this are inevitable so make hosting your New Years Eve parties easy and elegant by using Mozaik products to minimize any excess headaches from breakage!

Here are some recommendations to help you ring in the New Year:

Champagne Flutes – necessity!
Stemless Wineglasses – drink options are important! Or can be used for center pieces
Platters – effectively displays and transports appetizers and finger foods
Mini Dessert Set – ideal for serving something sweet before the clock strikes 12
Round Plates – the silver rim adds extra shine to the night
Tongs / Serving Utensils – allows everyone to add all the food they want from platter to plate
To find these products near you, click here!

Peppermint Cheesecake Dip

For Day 11 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring Peppermint Cheesecake Dip, a quick and easy holiday dessert!

Ingredients:
– 8oz. softened cream cheese
– ½ cup powdered sugar
– ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
– 8oz. Cool Whip
– 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
– Chocolate Graham Crackers
– Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Mozaik Products:
14oz. Round Bowls
Round Serving Platter

To Make:
– In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, cool whip and peppermint extract together until smooth
– Pour into round serving bowl and sprinkle the crushed peppermint candy on top
– Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve
– Serve on platter with chocolate graham crackers and chocolate covered pretzels

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Cheese Snowman

For Day 9 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring snowmen that cannot melt, but must be eaten!

All you need is:
– Cheese (we used Monterey Jack)
– Grapes
– Pretzel Sticks
– Balsamic Dressing

Mozaik Products:
Mini Forks
Plates

To Make:
– Slice the cheese into three cubes (small, medium and large sized) and then stack to create the body
– Break the pretzel sticks in half and stick one on each side of the medium sized cheese cubes to create the arms
– Slice the grape in half and place on top of the snowman to give him a hat!

To be more creative, using a toothpick dipped in balsamic dressing paint two eyes, a mouth and a nose onto the smallest piece of cheese to create the face.

Keep cold until your guests arrive so they don’t melt!

Enjoy!

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

For Day 5 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring chocolate covered marshmallows in honor of National Chocolate Covered Anything day!

This recipe is quick and tastes delicious!

All you need is:

  • Marshmallows
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Crushed peppermints

Mozaik Product:

To Make:

All you need to do is melt chocolate and crush peppermint candies up. Take the marshmallows and individually dip into the chocolate and then into the crushed candies.

Place on platter and let freeze. Once harden, take them out to serve and enjoy!

#NationalCupcakeDay

For Day 4 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring a Polar Bear Paw Cupcake in honor of #NationalCupcakeDay !!!

Decorating these cupcakes is easy, fun and cute!

Ingredients:
Cupcakes
Vanilla Frosting
Shredded Coconut
Peppermint Patties
Chocolate Raisins

Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled you are ready to decorate!
Frost each cupcake with vanilla frosting then sprinkle shredded coconut on top.
Place one peppermint pattie centered towards the bottom of the cupcake and then add four chocolate covered raisins around the top of the pattie.
Repeat until you have enough for all of your guests!

Serve and Enjoy!

Hot Dog Wreath

For Day 3 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring a fun and festive way to serve a classic appetizer!
A Festive Wreath of Mini Hot Dogs!

Ingredients:
– Mini Hot Dogs
– Red Fruit Leather
– Ketchup
– Mustard

Mozaik Products:
Hammered Platters
96 pc. Appetizer Set

To Make:
– Bake mini hot dogs for 12 – 15 minutes in the oven, or until golden brown.
– Once cooled, arrange mini hot dogs in a circle around the edge of the platter
– Fill two mini tasting bowls with condiments of your choice, we used ketchup and mustard and place in the middle of the ring.
– Using the red fruit leather, tie a bow and place at the bottom of the platter to create the finishing touch!

Serve and Enjoy!

#NationalCocoaDay

For Day 2 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring Frozen Hot Chocolate in honor of #NationalCocoaDay !

Ingredients:
– Hot Chocolate Powder
– Milk
– Ice Cubes
-Whipped Cream
– Chocolate Shavings

Mozaik Product:
Stemless Wine Glasses

To Make:
–  Pour milk, hot chocolate mix and ice into a blender.
– Blend until the ice is crushed and ingredients have mixed together thoroughly
– Pour into glass and add whipped cream and chocolate shavings to top it off
Relax and enjoy your “cold” hot chocolate by the warm fire place!

Peppermint Shooters

 

For Day 1 of our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, we are featuring festive Peppermint Mousse Shooters. This is an easy to make dessert that can be served in individual portions!

Ingredients:
– Chocolate Mousse
– Raspberry Mousse
– Candy Canes
– Peppermint
Mozaik Product:
48 piece Mini Dessert Set

To Make:
–  Using one mini tasting cups, pour in one layer of chocolate mousse followed by a layer of raspberry mousse.
– Repeat until there are four layers total (1 chocolate, 1 raspberry, 1 chocolate, 1 raspberry)
– Crush peppermint candies and sprinkle on the top layer
– Add a candy cane into the cup for decoration
– Place in refrigerator until ready to serve

Last Minute Party Checklist

On the day of your party, your pre-party planning should be all but finished – it’s time to relax and patiently wait for your guests to arrive! You should be stress free at this point, provided you followed the tips from our previous blog post (Reducing Pre-Party Stress).

However, we know that life can get busy no matter how much you plan ahead, and sometimes the day of your party can creep up on you.  So for everyone working down to the wire, here are a few things to make sure you check off the list before your doorbell rings:

  1. Finish any last minute cooking and/or errands, well before the party starts. There won’t be time to run out to the store later on!
  2. Make sure your table is set ahead of time. This will help ensure that there are enough plates, napkins, cutlery and cups to go around.
  3. Confirm that you have enough chairs for each guest – everyone should be able to sit comfortably!
  4. Have your playlist ready to “rock and roll” for when your guests arrive!
  5. Make sure you are dressed and ready at least 20-25 minutes prior to when the party starts. There are always a few guests who arrive earlier than expected.
  6. You’ve worked hard – remember to relax and enjoy the party!