Organizing a Holiday Gathering & Gewurtraminer

Organizing a Holiday Gathering & Gewurtztraminer

Does the thought of hosting family and friends at the holidays overwhelm you?

Have you always wanted to organize a large holiday gathering but aren’t sure where to start? Today I have 3 steps for you to take to start to plan any holiday gathering. With a little planning and forethought, you can plan, execute and, dare I say, even enjoy a gathering this coming holiday season.


  1. Make a list and schedule…Brainstorm all the things you need to do from shopping to decorating to cooking. Start early and put your to-do list on your calendar to ensure it gets done. And that you don’t wait until the last minute.
  2. Delgate! Delegate! Delegate!…There is no prize for doing everything yourself. In fact, I would say taking on too much leads to lots of stress and little enjoyment. Let your guests help if they offer. Ask for help when you need it. Decide which things you enjoy most about the planning and prepping. Then let others pitch in to help.
  3. Take a moment to enjoy it…It is so easy to get caught up in the hub-bub of planning and prepping. We often forget stop and enjoy what we worked so hard to create. (And if you are like me, you also forget to schedule a shower. ūüôĄ) Pause. Breathe. Take it all in. Have a glass of wine with your family and friends to celebrate. That is, after all, why you put so much time and effort into planning this in the first place!

For more details on each of these three steps plus the first of my holiday dinner wine pairing suggestions, be sure to check out the video.

And if you are looking for more in depth planning steps for a Thanksgiving dinner, check out guide to Thanksgiving Meal Planning here:


If you are the type of person who stares blankly at the wine shelves and eventually picks the one with the prettiest label, I’ve got some tips for you. Over the next couple weeks I will be making some suggestions of wines that you can pair with your holiday meal fare that will please a variety of palates but won’t cost an arm and leg.

Today we are talking about the Gewurztraminer (ga-VERTZ-tra-mee-ner). Gewurztraminer is a white wine with German roots and it has subtle hints of the sweetness of Riesling. But where the Riesling has a tongue coating sweetness that may not appeal to everyone’s taste (especially if you have a tongue coating, heavy holiday meal), the Gewurtztraminer has a great balance of acidity, sweetness and herbaceous. The acidity helps to cleanse the palate when eating foods heavy in fats. The sweetness helps appeal to guests who aren’t regular wine drinkers. And the subtle hints of herbs help it blend and enhance the food rather than covering or competing with it.

You can usually pick up a great Gewurtztraminer for around $15 or less at your local wine shop or super market. I highly recommend trying some for your next gathering or hostess gift.

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