Looking back at Thanksgiving weekend where 14 houseguests stayed for four days (ages ranging from 4-74) this was a huge reason the weekend was successful. I really did not want to be a slave to my kitchen the entire time and I really wanted family to feel comfortable to "help themselves". So I took it a step further and instead of just saying it I displayed it all so that they were forced (tempted) to just help themselves.
When guests are fed, they are relaxed. When guests are relaxed, hostess is relaxed.
On the top I used every glass jar and container I could find, went to Costco and put out:
- Chex mix
- Trail mix
- Red Vines
- Gummy Bears * these went the fastest*
- Assorted nuts
- Pretzel crisps
- Assorted individually wrapped chocolates
- Animal Crackers
On the bottom I put out all breakfast items. That way anyone could eat breakfast whenever they wanted, some ate at 7:00 while others ate at 10:00.
- assortment of cereal
- assortment of bagels
- chocolate croissants
- large fruit bowl
- assortment of muffins
On nearby shelves in my center island I kept stocked an assortment of drinks, plastic cups and a Sharpie pen.
I hope you give this a try next time you have a houseful of guests.
Next time I think I will even take it one step further and have something for lunches. Any cool ideas?