Simplify Holiday Dinners

For the past several years we have either hosted or attended large Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. We usually find ourselves with 15 to 20 of our closest friends celebrating the holidays because we all live far away from family.

You would think that planning Christmas dinner for 20 extra people would be stressful, but actually I make it very simple. First, I ask everyone to bring a dish. No need for one person to slave in the kitchen for hours on Christmas day when everyone can do a little bit of work.

Second, I use paper plates. I even splurged on those nice red plastic kind that hold up pretty well under all that holiday delicious-ness.

Well, my days of red plates are over.

Last month I received these plates, cups, and napkins from Hefty.

Aren’t they so nice? I would like to recover my dining rooms chairs in that print! (Its a design from Waverly so why wouldn’t I love it?)I tried them out at Thanksgiving this year and they were perfect!

They held up well piled high with food and really added a nice touch to the meal. It didn’t even seem like we were eating on paper plates until it was time to clean up!

There  are coupons available for you to print online for this cute tableware so you too can simplify your Christmas dinner.

Like Hefty on Facebook and get a coupon for buy 2 products get 1 free.

There is also a save $1.50 off two printable coupon in the Household section of

Now the BEST news is that I have some coupons for FREE Hefty tableware (designed by Waverly) for one of my readers. Just leave me a comment and tell me your favorite holiday food. Mine is mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, and gravy all mixed together…. or maybe it is Pioneer Woman’s chocolate cake, it’s a hard choice. Giveaway ends Friday, December 10, 2010.


  1. Pumpkin pie! Yum!

  2. Dressing (the homemade cornbread kind)!

  3. I love pecan pie!

  4. My fav, fav, fav thing @ the holidays is green bean casserole.
    I’m such a geek! :>)

  5. I favorite is deviled eggs

  6. I am a mashed potato gal too, but I love chicken & dressing also.

  7. We love steak on Christmas Day!

  8. We are a military family as well and usually end up with 20 or so people (my husband’s troops and their families) for Christmas dinner. These plates will make it seems a little fancier this year! I like the sturdiness of the red plastic ones, but the look kind of takes away from the wonderful dinner.
    My favorite holiday food is corn casserole! Yummy!

  9. mash potatoes and gravy, hands down no question asked

  10. Cornbread dressing & pumpkin/pecan pie!

  11. Ham. Yummy. And pumpkin pie or Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Butter Gooey Cake (my new favorite pumpkin dessert). Homemade rolls, homemade macaroni and cheese. You name it and chances are I love it!

  12. Sugar cookies!

  13. Probably all the cookies and candies! Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

  14. amy haynes says:

    Chex Party Mix! Delicious! Hope I win! I just saw these at the store yesterday–beautiful!

  15. Definitely the stuffing!

  16. I love pie- apple, pumpkin, any kind, really!

  17. We used these for Thanksgiving this year, too, and they really were nice and held up great. I think my favorite side dish is sweet potatoes, with glaze and marshmallows. Yum! But dessert is the pinnacle, of course. 🙂

  18. cheesecake. Yes really….I only make it for special occasional.

  19. sue sarver says:

    dressing and all desserts!!!

  20. My favorite is greenbean casserole. I only make it during the holidays, so it is something that we look forward to.

  21. I love pumpkin pie & honey baked ham. Yum!

  22. My mother’s dumplings! And they’re the best when she makes them!!! We are blessed to have her in the same house with us too!

  23. My favorite holiday food – because it really is a food – is my homemade eggnog. So yummy and filling! Thanks for the giveaway – we love fancy paper plates for holidays to make cleanup easy.

  24. Brittany W says:

    I love cheesy potatoes!

  25. My favorite is the brown sugar glazed ham

  26. My favorite is my great aunt’s cornbread dressing. So delicious

  27. cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and peas all mixed together!

  28. Love vegetable casserole with water chestnuts! Mmmmmm!

  29. Christopher Wilson says:

    I do chicken for christmas. I buy those perdue oven ready roasters, they’re so delicious. Wish I had had these plates on thanksgiving.

  30. mashed potatoes, all the way. And I love my husband’s fudge…

  31. I love cornbread dressing and sweet potato casserole (not to mention my Mother’s chocolate pie).

  32. I think my favorite is the yummy red punch that my MIL always has. No idea what is in it, but it’s (I think) non-alchoholic.

  33. My favorite is a roll with Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and a slice of cranberry jelly on it! YUM!!! Can’t wait for Christmas for more LEFTOVERS!! 😀

  34. Those are beautiful for paper products! My favorites are sweet potato casserole and chocolate fudge. I actually like it ALL!

  35. I think my favorite would be cranberry fluff!

  36. melissa rAmos says:

    cornbread dressing and ham yummo

  37. Amber Sumner says:

    Fudge- chocolate fudge, chocolate mint fudge, peanut butter fudge, white cranberry fudge, white peppermint fudge, eggnog fudge- I’m all about the fudge! And I eat way too much of it…

  38. My favorite is my dad’s poppy seed roll! It is so yummy!

  39. Believe it or not, my favorite holiday food is Stove Top Original stuffing! I love that stuff!

  40. cranberry jelly…..and leftovers!!

  41. cranberry sauce and pecan pie

  42. corn and mashed potatoes yummy

  43. Katrina Deaton says:

    Potatoes and gravy

  44. pumpkin pie or pretty much pumpkin anything

  45. I “heart” stuffing.

  46. Definately the Pumpkin Pie and Stuffing 🙂

  47. I love my moms dressing, and rice and mushroom casserole.

  48. Desserts! Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Fudge, just about anything chocolate will do : )

  49. We love steak and shrimp on Christmas. Those plates are so pretty!

  50. Michelle K says:

    mmm – Baked Ham – big enough for lotsa leftovers… ham sandwiches, egg and ham croissants and ham and scalloped potatoes!!

  51. Pecan pie would be tops on my list. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only times we have them at our house.

  52. We used those exact plates this Thanksgiving–they were so pretty! They held up very well, as you said, even to my favorite, the squash stuffing that I make.

  53. My family has a tradition of having standing rib roast for Christmas dinner. I love it, and obviously don’t eat it year round, so it’s probably my favorite holiday food.

  54. My grandma’s stuffing. Yum!

  55. Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing


    Chocolate Pie with Meringue


    Chocolate or Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

    Can you tell dessert is my favorite part of the meal?!

  56. I would have to say that my favorite holiday food would have to be a toss up between mashed potatoes and homemade turkey gravy that my DH’s awesome grandma makes, the super delicious cranberry sauce she makes with pineapple, pecans and the occasional apple(to spice it up.), or my mom’s peanut butter fudge she makes during the holidays. It seems that no matter how hard I try I can never get these recipes up to par like these women do.

  57. I love pumpkin pie and these plates and napkins are beautiful! Thanks!

  58. Desserts – lots of desserts!

  59. Hmmm…it’s a toss-up between mashed potatoes and gravy or my candied yams.

  60. sweet potatoes are my favorite…

  61. I love to make spritz cookies with our family and eat them as well they are so good!! I also love baked ham with clove and nutmeg sauce on top it is tradition to make it every Christmas for my family.

  62. Sugar ham with cheesy hashbrown casserole !

  63. I love ham and au gratin potatoes!

  64. I love my husbands pumpkin pie. He make his grandma’s recipe and it’s YUMMMMY!

  65. This is a very hard question….I love turkey and my Mom’s dressing and I love broccoli casserole. I love all of it really!

  66. My favorite is Ham on Christmas with the mashed potatoes….yum

  67. Sweet Potato Casserole!! Love these..makes the holidays pretty and easier to clean up!

  68. My favorite is a sweet potato dish my MIL makes! It tastes like dessert and its even good cold as leftovers. SO GOOD!!!

  69. Allison G. says:

    OH, I love Christmas food!!!! I love turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry salad, and much more! 🙂

  70. christy davis says:

    i love mashed potatoes!

  71. Definitely the brown sugar glazed ham.

  72. DeAnn Duke says:

    It’s definately my mommas chicken and dressing and my sister-in-law’s broccoli salad and my mother-in-law’s sweet potato casserole.YUM!!