Holiday entertaining is in full swing, and I've learned the hard way that I can't do everything by myself. Gone are the days when I slaved over the styling, the shopping, the cooking and cleaning on my own: Lessons were learned during the Great Blender Explosion of 2011 and the Cannoli Stuffing Incident of 2008.
Lately, I'm thinking about letting the sharing economy help out: You know, the legion of apps that deliver goods and offer service professionals to do just about everything? There are so many start-ups competing for your business right now that you could, conceivably, throw a holiday party without lifting a finger. You know, like fancy people do. Except with these apps, all that help won’t break your budget. Here are a few ways the sharing economy can lend a hand (or seven) with holiday entertaining— using them all might be a bit overkill, but a little help here and there can take a bit of the hostess edge off, and that sounds like a good time to me.
Planning and Prepping
First things first: let’s figure out the menu. Don't limit yourself to your boring go-tos if you’re feeling ambitious— learn from the pros by watching tons of instructional videos on Rouxbe or Skillshare, so you can wow your guests with homemade pasta or gelato. And if you need a pasta maker or an ice cream machine but don’t want to buy one just for one night, Yerdle will connect you with a neighbor you can rent one from.
Greetings! Digital lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch here. I am BEYOND thrilled to be writing for Apartment Therapy! When I'm not digitally-lifestyling it up, I'm tweaking something-or-other in my house, so I'm always trolling Apartment Therapy for inspo.
I'm also a regular correspondent on the Today Show, and the smart home expert for HGTV, where I help audiences understand the ever-evolving world of home technology in an easy, approachable way.
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