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Holiday Entertaining

Posted on Nov 25, 2013. 0 comments

 

Holidays, a magical time of celebrating with friends and family . . . except that for some people it can be the most stressful time of year. Holiday functions are meant to be fun, not frantic. If the task has fallen on you to host an event or party, take a deep breath and relax. It doesn't need to be stressful. Here are a few tips to pulling off a flawless and memorable party this year:

-Plan ahead- Decide what you want to prepare and make a list for a timeline and what supplies and ingredients you will need.

-Keep it simple- Delicious food does not have to be difficult to prepare. Choose simple dishes and stick to what you are comfortable with. Now is not the time to experiment.

-Prep beforehand- Avoid being stuck in the kitchen by preparing as much as possible in the days leading up to the event. Many dishes can be prepared a few days before and reheated the day of.

-Consider potluck- If time and cost are an issue, go potluck style. Potlucks take a huge weight off the host by reducing work load and expense.

-Outsource the clean-up- Call on friends and family to help with cleanup and don't feel the need to do it all that night. Once the food is safely stored away, hit the hay. The rest can wait until morning.

So, relax and enjoy yourself this holiday season and get back to what the season is really all about!

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What's New!

Posted on Nov 12, 2013. 0 comments

What's New?

Yes, believe it or not, Christmas is only 42 days away. This time of year brings all kinds of new and exciting product into the store, all of which compliment our Holiday displays! So, here are few of the latest and greatest gift ideas . . .

Wine Glass Writers

Keep track of your wine glass with these clever little pens. Non-toxic, washable markers identify your guest's glass or just have fun and be creative! These colourful pens make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Choose from colors or metallics. $12.50/set of 3.

Maple Leaf Spices

Maple Leaf Spices is a family owned and operated gourmet food business located in High River, Alberta. Founded in 2004 in a Kelowna kitchen, the company started with just a few mouthwatering dip mixes. The spices are all-natural, contain no MSG or gluten and are blended using ingredients sourced from Canandian suppliers and growers. We love the convience of the spice grinders. Just grind directly on your favourite meats, pastas, veggies and just about anything else for a kick of flavour! $6.95 each

Bar Keepers Friend

New to The Pan Tree but, around since 1882, Bar Keepers friend has been flying off the shelves! Barkeepers Friend premium household cleaning products are perfect for removing stains, lime, rust and tarnish in the kitchen and bathroom. We love BKF for stainless steel and non-stick ceramic cookware, sinks and cooktops!

Spiegelau Glassware

Spiegelau is dedicated to producing the very best wine glasses. This means bringing to market, glasses of the highest quality and aesthetics as well as durability and value, with the goal of making the wine experience a pleasurable, fun part of today’s lifestyle.

During the Holiday season we are featuring "Vino Grande" 8-pack wine glasses in red or white for a special price of $79.95. Or for the beer lover in your life, check out the Beer Tasting Kit. Featuring four specialized glasses, you'll have the ideal glassware for any craft brew. $39.95

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