All I Want for Christmas is You… (to give me a heads up before you drop by)! 2016-Holiday Checklist

All I Want for Christmas is You… (to give me a heads up before you drop by)! 2016-Holiday Checklist
You asked, and back by popular demand, we are bringing you our annual Holiday Must-Haves for entertaining last minute guests. Family and friends are what truly make the holidays special, yet feeling unprepared for even the most unexpected (yet welcomed) guests is no-bueno!
We have taken our check list of staples and updated it with a few new must-haves while sticking with our tried and trues (HELLLLO chicken parm!). Our list includes items that you can use during the holidays, or even keep on hand for a last minute soiree with friends. The key to a great gathering is when you can spend more time with your guests than you do in the kitchen.
PGG Holiday Checklist:
  •  Mixed nuts – Stop & Shop
  •  Rosemary Macadamia Nuts-Traders Joes
  • Assorted crackers – Stop & Shop or Trader Joes or Target
  • Creamy Toscano Cheese – Trader Joes or Costco
  • Asiago Truffle Ricotta Cheese Spread– Whole Foods
  • Spindrift Seltzer – Target/Costco/Trader Joes
  • Ginger ale – Stop & Shop / Target
  •  Honest Kids Juice Boxes (Costco, BJ’s, Target, Stop & Shop)
  •  Seasonal and standard beer
  • White wine
  • Red wine (Tuck 75)
  • Kirkland Prosecco
  • Lemons / Limes / Grapefruit
  • Sriracha or other flavored Hummus- Traders Joes, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop
  • Pre-cut/Pre-washed Veggies- Trader Joes/ Stop & Shop
  •  Pretzel Rods (display in a tall glass)- Stop & Shop/ Target
  •  Jingle Jangle Mix- Trader Joes
  • Bell and Evans Garlic Parmesan chicken – Whole Foods/Stop&Shop
  • Raos marinara sauce – – Whole Foods/Stop & Shop
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese – Whole Foods/Target/Stop & Shop/Trader Joes
  •  Orange Juice- Stop & Shop (or local convenience store in a pinch)
  • Coffee – Stop & Shop
  • Half and half – Stop & Shop
  • So Delicious Mint Chocolate Creamer- Whole Foods
  • Almond Danish/Kringle or other pastry – Trader Joes/Whole Foods/Stop & Shop
  • European Cookies with Belgium chocolate-Costco
PGG Home and Gift Holiday Checklist:
  • Mug and coffee gift card-emergency gift
  •  Bottle of gift wrapped wine- emergency gift
  •  $25 Amazon Gift Card -Emergency gift
  •  Fandango Gift Card with a little back of candy/treats
  •  Holiday cocktail napkins- to turn any last minute gathering a little more festive
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Travel size shampoo & conditioner/ Batiste Dry Shampoo lotion for overnight guests

PGG Kids and Pets Holiday Checklist:

  • Keep pets occupied and happy away from the stress of guests in an enclosed space with a safe but long lasting toy/treat.
  • No kids? Big kids and no toys to keep little guests busy? Stock up on a few dollar bin crafts from Michaels Craft Stores and Target.

Click below and keep this list handy!  Happy Shopping!

PGG Holiday Checklist 2016

-Monica and Melissa

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