A family favorite, applesauce blends well with many mealtime menus, standing in as side dish or dessert. Best of all, applesauce is easy to make. Simply peel, core and cook apples until they fall apart easily with a spoon. Add seasoning (think cinnamon and maple or agave syrup) while cooking or after. Applesauce without seasoning varies in color, based on the type of apple you use. In some cases, cooking the apples with peels on results in a pink sauce. To remove peels, just run the cooked apples through a food mill or strainer. Make applesauce as chunky or smooth as you like. For long-term storage, freeze or can it using a boiling water bath.
Ditch the fully stocked bar loaded with wine and spirits and opt for one signature cocktail such as sparkling sangria instead! This will take the pressure off the host from having to play bartender all night.
You can whip up a completely handmade wreath in only an hour with some fresh evergreens and a bit of wire. Choose a wire that is stiff enough to hold a bit of weight, but flexible enough to work with, usually an 18 or 20 gauge will do. Loop the wire tightly around the bases of the evergreen branches, making sure each branch is as close as possible to the one next to it. When you’ve added enough branches to make the wreath the size you want, bend the wire into a circle and twist together at the top.