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The holidays are the perfect time to reset and infuse a little more joy into the everyday. And fortunately, for the mamas hoping to make the most of holiday festivities this season, you don’t have to go it alone. We teamed up with the food and entertaining pros at Kroger’s Private Selection for ways to add a little more magic to even your simplest gatherings this holiday season—without adding any extra stress to your already busy to-do list.

Add elegance with a charcuterie board

Need a quick appetizer or snack for a gift exchange? Whip up an Instagram-worthy charcuterie board in minutes with the Private Selection Stuffed Olives, Gourmet Nut Mixes and Gruyere and Caramelized Onion Dip. Fill it out with pretty platters and fresh greenery and flowers for a result that is delicious and pretty enough to stand in as table decor.

Surprise with a seafood platter

Everyone loves a cheese plate, but for something more unexpected, try a seafood plate at your next holiday brunch. Stock your table with fresh bagels, cream cheese, sliced onion and tomatoes and The Private Selection Wild Sockeye Salmon for an instantly elevated morning meal.

Create a salad bar to please any palate

When there are children on the guest list, we love a choose-your-own buffet for an easy win that will satisfy even the pickiest eater. Dress yours up with dried fruit and nuts, roasted veggies and Kroger’s Private Selection Infused Oils for the perfect blend of sweet and savory toppings.

Serve treats that can pull double-duty

Sweet ending to the meal? Take-home favor they can enjoy the next morning? Get you a dessert that can do both. Tart Cherry Pecan Rugelach is at home in any meal (and it tastes just as good the next day). Our recommendation? Keep a few on hand so you’ll be ready for anything.  

Add a little merry to your cocktail hour

A signature cocktail instantly upgrades any gathering—and it makes serving a lot easier for the host. For a drink perfectly seasoned for the holidays, mix up an egg nog cocktail with Kroger’s Private Selection Old Fashioned Egg Nog. (It’s so good, you can also leave out the alcohol without sacrificing flavor.)