We're entering the festive season — which means it's time for holiday get-togethers.
What to know: In an interview, Axios Denver caught up with Colorado's renowned food blogger and cookbook author Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest to discuss how to host a flawless feast.
- She's also the sister of 2018 Winter Olympics gold medalist snowboarder Red Gerard.
What she's saying: "When it comes to holidays, I actually love traditional so much," Tieghan tells Alayna. "But I love to be traditional with a little bit of a twist."
- "I like to do things that people are familiar with, but make them a little bit more exciting or different in a way — and still super delicious so that they'll be really excited to enjoy."
Her pro tips:
- "Keep your menu simple," she suggests. "People will really enjoy your dinner more if you are present and not stressed. So just do what you can to delegate — and if you can't delegate, try to do as much prep as you can ahead of time."
- It's also important to have appetizers when guests arrive, she says, recalling her history of hosting a family of nearly a dozen. "They love coming over and seeing a big cheese board or a plate of warm brie — they just get so excited."
Of note: "You gotta have the cocktails flowing," she adds. "It automatically makes them feel excited, welcome in, and just ready for the night."
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