Hosting a holiday party is an art form. You aren’t simply inviting guests over; you are creating an experience. From the centerpieces to the linens, your party should be an expression of you. That being said, making decisions for a party isn't always clear-cut. Do you put out the china or use your everyday flatware? Should you make a signature cocktail or just serve a simple drink? And, most importantly, what will you serve?
To help make sure your holiday party is a total success, we asked Chef Shaun Garcia is the Chef de Cuisine at Soby's in Greenville, SC to tell us which Holiday party essentials must be in our pantries for a successful soiree. The holiday party essentials are simple and may be even a little surprising:
2. Good Chocolate
3. Hard Cheeses
4. Smoked trout
5. Cured Meats
"These ingredients are great to have around because you can always mix cider with a few spices and use it as entertaining feature. The hard cheeses, smoked trout and meat keep well and are quick and easy for last-minute guest parties or friends stopping by. Lastly, no matter what the time of year, it's always good to have good chocolate around."