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Ready for the Holidays with Church & Dwight (Giveaway) - Outside The Box

Ready for the Holidays with Church & Dwight (Giveaway)

Ready for the Holidays with Church & Dwight (Giveaway)

As I sit and write this, it is exactly one week until Christmas! Holy cow where did the time go? I think that face that November was unseasonably warm here made it a little hard to get into the holiday spirit. But the past week has put us into a deep freeze and a not so gentle reminder that we are most definitely in December. So now it’s time to buckle down and get everything ready for the perfect Christmas season!

Entertaining Made Easy with a Few Simple Tips 

The holidays are all about spending quality time with those we love. This year, surprise family and friends by switching things up and hosting a fabulous holiday brunch instead of the traditional turkey dinner. 

For the perfect entertaining space that will leave guests in awe, follow my few simple tips below to elevate your brunch from the expected to the unexpected:

Establish a colour scheme

The secret to fabulous décor is to keep the colour palette simple and focus on two complementary colours. On trend for this holiday season is pairing opposite colours together. Once the basic palette is set, add in a third accent colour, such as silver or gold. This will help complete the look and bring it to life.

Try opting for slight variations on the uber traditional red and green. Some colour pairings that you can try this year include:

  • Mint and blush for a feminine and vintage look
  • Plum and teal for a sophisticated and elegant feel
  • Navy (or turquoise) and red, which gives your typical nautical decor a festive holiday flair
  • Green and fuchsia to create something preppy and fun
  • Red and grey for a chalet-chic look

Keep these colour schemes in mind when purchasing accent pillow covers, table linens, napkins and runners.

PRO TIP: If you’re hosting multiple parties, you can keep the festive colours looking new and radiant throughout the holiday season by using OxiClean™ Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover. It helps to fight tough stains (think red wine and gravy) while safeguarding colours.

Set the mood… and table

The dinner table is the focal point of any holiday gathering! To make it more memorable, every tablescape needs the following:

  • Flow: Don’t overpack your table with too many decorations. Keep it simple so there’s plenty of elbow room between guests and enough space for dessert on the table!
  • Greenery and flowers: No décor is complete without succulents or fresh cut flowers, especially during the holidays. This year, try creating your own unique centrepieces by layering pine branches, Christmas ornaments and fresh flowers overtop a festive table runner.
  • Table linens: Take a more casual approach to your brunch table linens this year.  Mixing and matching colours and patterns keeps the meal light-hearted and bright. Notice a spill or stain once your guests have gone? Use OxiClean™ Max Force™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater to help tackle even the greasiest spills and stains left behind.
  • Rethink your serving plates: For a casual and natural feeling buffet style brunch, set aside the traditional serving platters and opt for more rustic materials such as slate, wood or marble. You can also try mixing vintage dishes with new items for classic yet modern feel.

PRO TIP: To make cleaning up even easier, start with a clean dishwasher when your guests arrive and load it throughout the meal. Using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ Dishwasher Detergent and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster is also a must during the holidays as it removes tough, stuck on stains and keeps your precious dishes looking sparkling.

Think beyond the tree

During the holiday season, people often focus on the tree and forget about the rest of their house. Try placing small wreaths or pretty bowls filled with ornaments in different rooms. Using strings of lights indoors is also a fun way to decorate. You can also bundle up small white lights and place them in glass jars to add a little sparkle to any room.

 Win!

giveaway

To help you get ready for your holiday entertaining I’m excited to be able this terrific giveaway that one lucky reader is going to win! The prize includes:

  • OxiClean™ MaxForce™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater – To help blast away even the greasiest of stains with its foaming action.
  • OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals 26 PAK (468 g) Pouch – To remove stuck on stains and help your dishes sparkle!
  • OxiClean™ Versitle Stain Remover – To to get rid of tough stains and ensure your home is ready for guests!
  • Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush Battery Toothbrush – To ensure your smile is bright and white for any holiday parties! (I always give these away as stocking stuffers – it’s a tradition!)

 Enter using the form below. Open to Canadian residents (except Quebec) age 18 and over. Good luck!

This article has 50 comments

  1. To save on having a big pile of presents to wrap. I like to wrap and tag as soon as they come in the house. 🙂

  2. My favourite holiday tip is to make a list and get things done early, from shopping to party prep!!

  3. Shop ahead and ask for help if needed.

  4. My tip would be to prep everything you can the day before cooking your Christmas dinner!

  5. I try to have everything pre-made so that once you put the food out – you can sit back and relax. Finger Foods are the best option.

  6. Wrap each child's present in different paper.. no need for nametags..

  7. My tip is to just do as much prep and planning you can in advance so that you are not leaving everything to the last minute. Helps reduce stress and gives you time to enjoy the holidays too!

  8. Bake and freeze desserts ahead of time.

  9. I like to make lists and be well prepared for anything that might come up.

  10. Start early and break down the cleaning chores by working in sections. Play Christmas music to get you in the mood.

  11. My favorite tip is make a list of the things you need to do and make. I'm forgetful so a list is a must for me.

  12. It would be great to win a Church & Dwight Holiday Ready Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    What is  your favorite tip for being prepared for the holidays?
    Make your to do lists and plan every day, remember to schedule enough time,
    always schedule more time than you think it will take.
    Most people forget that there is more traffic than usual,
    parking is limited and everybody is out doing their shopping
    so anticipate more time at the cashier.
    Plan your gift buying budget and stick to it.
    It will keep your purchases more focused and easier on your wallet.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  13. Do most of your baking ahead of time.

  14. Make lists and start early enough that you are not stressing last minute.

  15. I like to prepare as much ahead of time as possible, deep clean earlier then just do touch ups, bake and cook ahead of time and freeze.

  16. I get most of the baking done before hand and everything bought and wrapped and two days before Christmas the cleaning is done and everything that can be is set out, and then it's time to relax till guests show up!!

  17. My favourite tip is to make a list of the things I need and stick to it when I shop.

  18. I will buy gifts during the year if I see them on sale. The only problem is that youn gkids 9mine are 7) often change their minds. If/when that happens, I just gift them to family or donate to our local foodbank.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    My recent post Important Tips on How to be Prepared for Winter

  19. Start early and Play Christmas music to get you in the relaxation mood

  20. My tip is to split the workload. Recruit help from family members to ensure everything gets done.

    ~Jonnie

  21. I always do my prep in the morning for anything that I can, pickles, dips etc I have placed in dishes then set back in the fridge

  22. I write out lists and keep organized to get everything done.

  23. My tip is to prep ahead of time, make sure you have all the food and drinks you need, and don't leave everything to the last minute!

  24. Try to start as early as you can and try to follow a list.

  25. Dedicate an entire day to baking.Start off by making something in crock pot for dinner.Fill the sink with sop and water and do dishes while things are baking.

  26. Make lists! Lots of lists!

  27. billiondollarprincesss
    Tuesday 20 December 2016, 12:26 am

    Shop early so you are not stressed and stuck at the last minute

  28. I always food prep few days prior to Christmas

  29. Make a list ,check it twice and have everything on hand to begin .

  30. keep shopping lists for everything

  31. Prep as much a stuff you can before, it really helps 

  32. accept help from others when they offer it

  33. My tip is to prepare as much in advance as possible. That way you can spend more time visiting with your guests and less time prepping in the kitchen.

  34. Make lists and prepare in advance 

  35. My favourite tip is to prep as mush as possible before anyone shows up.

  36. My advice is to start early with food preparation and cleaning!

  37. I love to prep in advance- you can peel potatoes a day or 2 before the meal…..heck cook them the day before!

  38. I have a checklist of what I need to complete

  39. BE PREPARED! Write lists, shop throughout the year. Do not leave everything until the last minute.

  40. I always make a list (just like Santa), and for food prep I do as much in advance as I can.

  41. Set the table ahead, not too much clutter

  42. My favourite holiday tip is to make a list and get things done early

  43. My tip is to prepare early.

  44. Book the date early – things get so crowded in December!

  45. Prep as much as possible ahead of time,so you don`t have to do too much work during the holidays.

  46. It's all about organization. I do everything I can ahead. Letting go of perfection is what I've had to learn…

  47. My best tip is to start early!! And do as much as you can sooner rather than later!! lol

  48. I always make lists to plan ahead so I dont forget anything!

  49. Make a plan and try to stay organized.

  50. Best tip is to be organized and prepare as much as possible in advance.

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