(ARA) - It's the holiday season. Guests and occasions to entertain them are popping up everywhere you turn. You're decorating and cleaning to keep your house looking beautiful and welcoming, and busy shopping for refreshments. If only you had something to ease the ever-burdensome to-dos.
When it comes time for your gathering, you don't want to spend time away from the party preparing food or drinks. You want to be a part of the fun. Here are some ideas on ways you can keep your prep work to a minimum while still offering your guests a variety of refreshments.
* Plan to serve food items that don't require heating, cutting or other prep work. Setting out a plate of cookies, bars or pre-chopped veggies takes little time, and with a wide variety of items on the tray, you won't have to make repeated trips to the kitchen for more snack items.
* Offer your guests a variety of drink choices. It's easy to customize hot drink choices like coffee, tea and hot chocolate with the Keurig Special Edition Brewer, which has more than 250 K-Cup portion pack varieties of gourmet coffee, tea and hot cocoa from your favorite brands, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully's and Gloria Jeans. By using this single-cup coffee brewer, there's no mess, no clean-up and you are still able to cater to everyone's individual choices. They'll receive a fresh cup of their personal favorite blend every time.
* Serve food items that don't require plates, so your cleanup time is quick and easy. Most cookies and bars work really well with napkins, and once everyone is finished eating, you can gather those up and return to the conversation as the group savors their delicious beverage. You can use dishwasher safe mugs for your hot coffee, tea and cocoa drinks, or find special, holiday-themed disposable cups for the occasion, to further help reduce clean up.
To make your holiday gathering extra special, the Keurig Milk Frother can be used for special holiday drink recipes. Try this Spiced Mocha Latte as a great dessert beverage:
Spiced Mocha Latte
1 Extra Bold Coffee K-Cup Portion Pack
4 ounces skim milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Cinnamon stick (optional as garnish)
Brew 6 to 8 ounces of coffee into a 14 ounce mug. While coffee is brewing, prepare the hot milk in the Milk Frother. When coffee is ready, add cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate syrup. Gently stir in hot milk. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle with more chocolate syrup, if desired, and insert cinnamon stick before serving.
Enjoy your holiday party, and don't miss out on any part of the fun. Find the Keurig Special Edition Brewer at Kohl's and Bed Bath and Beyond, or visit www.Keurig.com for more information.