Monday, December 21, 2009

Unexpected guests? Frito Lay provides a holiday party in a pinch.


This time of year our homes always seem to be filled with friends and family members. Between relatives coming to stay in Florida, to friends who drop in unexpectedly, I can be assured that I'll always be needing SOMETHING in the house to feed guests.

The problem is, what to do when I have an impromptu party? You know, when you're stretched to the limit and have little resources, but still want to be able to entertain?

Frito-Lay recently sent me a great Party in a Pinch pack, that was full of Frito-Lay product, a serving bowl and a fun book about entertaining guests not only through the holidays, but year round. As long as I have these in the house, I can deal with just about ANYONE who drops in.

Here are some GREAT quick ideas 

Ambiance is everything – Keep a playlist of festive music easily accessible or stock the stereo with CDs so it’s ready at the push of a button…literally. Add a few scented candles and presto…instant ambiance!

Let guests add their touch – Keep a box of ornaments on hand and ask your guests to add one to the tree.


No Clean Up Necessary – Stock-up on a supply of holiday-colored paper plates, napkins and utensils to lessen post-party clean-up. And if the house is tidy before you head out for the day, there’s no scrambling once they arrive!


Stock the pantry – Have some “better for you” Frito-Lay products on hand to lessen the stress of “what to fix?” and allow for more time to visit with your guests. Frito-Lay’s Tostitos Scoops or Baked! Scoops -- with a delicious dip -- are true crowd-pleasers. Serve on a festive platter or dish and presto! …festive snacks ready to share!

Entertain with ease – Always have several fun board games accessible to keep guests entertained. And a few kid-friendly movies or simple crafts will keep the little ones busy while the adults socialize.

This takes a lot of the pressure off of WHAT to do when company is coming and I'm not prepared. Now I'll be the toast of the town with EVERY party that I give, whether planned or not.

Frito-Lay wants to sent ONE lucky Champagne Living reader their OWN Party in a Pinch pack just like the one that I received (pictured above).

Thank you to the Frito-Lay Company for providing my unexpected guests and I with some great chips and queso, as well as "The Last-Minute Party Girl" by Erika Lenkert. I was in no way compensated for this post and all opinions are strictly my own.

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