Holiday Entertaining with Ceci Carmichael

Holiday Entertaining with Ceci Carmichael


‘Tis the season for holiday parties—and pop-ins from friends and family. How can you change up your entertaining routine and make this Thanksgiving and holiday season your most fun yet? It all starts with the food and drink! Entertaining Expert Ceci Carmichael is here to show us how to turn up the heat and add zest to your next holiday gathering.

Thanksgiving is a fabulous holiday – and there are so many things to be thankful for. One thing I am thankful for– especially those busy years – is the opportunity to pick up a pre-prepared dinner and I can do it without breaking the bank.

My favorite is the Complete Heat and Serve Holiday Meal from Boston Market – your resident holiday experts! For the past 30 years they’ve been doing holiday every day and this year is no different as they expect to serve more than 1 million people on Thanksgiving! With a juicy roasted turkey, an an appetizer, sides, rolls, and pies all for $109.99, you can host a party of 12 this thanksgiving.

If you’re traveling for the holiday and don’t want to go empty-handed, you can also stop at Boston Market! All side dishes and desserts can be picked up a la carte. And every restaurant is open on Thanksgiving! Another great option is to add your own flair! Pick up a mashed potato side dish and spice it up with some bacon and chives, garlic, or anything you love! A new survey even found that most people aren’t afraid to take credit for pre-prepared foods, so don’t worry, your secret is safe with us!

When it comes to appetizers, nothing is easier than Athens Mini Fillo Shells. These little baked and bite-sized wonders are one small shell with endless possibilities. They aren’t just for appetizers – you can make quick and easy mouthwatering desserts too. It’s so simple! Pick up a pack (or several!) of mini shells from the freezer section of your grocery store, fill, and serve. Your guests will be so impressed, they’ll think you spent hours creating appetizers and desserts. It’s a total crowd pleaser because Mini Fillo Shells are bite-sized and better for you with no cholesterol and no saturated fat.

For a super quick appetizer, pick up a pound of chicken salad, ham salad or crab salad from your local deli, fill two packages of mini shells, and garnish. What could be easier? For your sweet tooth, try the Caramel Chocolate Macchiato Mini Fillo Tarts. Sounds fancy right? It’s only four ingredients: cream cheese, macchiato creamer, chocolate, and Athens Mini Fillo Shells!

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