Tommy Bahama Entertaining

Beat The Holiday Stress

Hosting can often be overwhelming especially during the holidays, but it doesn’t have to be. Tommy Bahama Lifestyle Expert Gretchen Connelie was on Your Life Arizona recently telling us how Tommy Bahama can help reduce the stress of holiday entertaining. First, keep it simple. Nuts, cheeses and crackers make a delicious filling appetizer buffet. Tommy Bahama has a great assortment of mixed nuts like their sweet and spicy Tropical Heat Snack Mix which combines banana chips, mango, savory pretzel nuggets, peanuts and sesame sticks that will bring a taste of the islands to your table. Or their classic and addictive Marlin Bar Mix with peanuts, pecans, cashews and almonds coated in a sweet and spicy cayenne, cinnamon, chili and ginger glaze. The nuts come in a beautiful tin and are also a great idea for unexpected guests and hostess gifts! The tins can be saved and used to decorate your holiday table year after year. Why not use them to stash things like holiday cocktail napkins? A selection of cheese, crackers and meats will complete your table of appetizers.

For the dessert table, get one large cake to anchor the setting like this decadent Pina Colada Cake. It’s a signature dish at Tommy Bahama and provides a little unexpected light, fruity treat. The cake will give your guests a taste of aloha and have them dashing back for more! Pina Colada Cake is available at the restaurant in Kierland Commons or can be ordered online. Surround your cake with smaller bite size treats like miniature key lime pies, chocolate cakes, peanut butter pies or these pineapple shaped cookies from Honolulu Cookie Company which are available exclusively in Hawaii and Tommy Bahama stores. The crust on the pies makes them easy to grab and eat while socializing with friends.

With so many sweet and savory treats why not shake up the wine selection a bit with nontraditional wines? Sancerre is made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes but aged like a Chardonnay, this goes great with sweet and savory foods including desserts and meats. Tempranillo, a mild red with a lighter pallet than Cabernet or Pinot Noir goes with everything but won’t overwhelm your foods. Champagne may seems like a natural go to but it’s actually better with salty or fried foods so why not try Prosecco from Italy which pairs perfectly with sweeter foods and often is more cost effective. Keep a few extra bottles around for gift giving or to toast the new year.

A coffee station allows guest to play barista when you add flavored syrups, chocolates and a selection of coffees, teas and hot cocoa. Keurig now makes reusable pods allowing you to instantly brew up your favorite beans and they’re better for the environment. Tommy Bahama’s new Toasted Coconut or Kona coffee would be perfect in there. These beans also make great gifts for the holidays. And don’t forget a pitcher of cold brew coffee which is so popular right now. Set out a variety of milk options, some mugs and even to go cups so your guests can take a taste of your holiday hospitality with them on their way home.

There are two Tommy Bahama locations in the greater Phoenix area - at Fashion Square Mall (clothing) and Kierland Commons (restaurant and clothing).

Cheers to a happy, healthy holiday season!

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