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4 Easy Ways to Make Your Holiday Gatherings Safe & Healthy

by Colleen Fitzpatrick 11/15/2021

For those with family and friends at close distance, holiday gatherings are much simpler. Without the need to travel, you can save time, money and avoid the risk of exposure to contagious germs and illnesses. However, even keeping a small, local gathering can be safer with some simple logistics. Here are some ideas for how to plan and host a safe and responsible holiday dinner gathering.

Try a Cafeteria-Style Buffet

Many people use the buffet approach for serving guests at food-focused holiday gatherings. However, the traditional buffet setup requires multiple people using the same utensils over and over, possibly passing germs from one guest to the next. One way to mitigate this health issue while still enjoying the convenience of the buffet is to have a designated server portion out the food on each plate. This person can remain on the other side of the table and serve food as each guest goes down the line. This means only one person is touching the serving utensils, making it far easier to keep germs in check.

Pre-Portion Each Plate

Another convenient and health-conscious method of serving food is to serve portions onto each plate in advance. Each guest will only need to choose a plate and find a seat—no serving utensils or buffet tables involved. As the host, you can portion out the food yourself or have a designated helper do it for you. Regardless, it’s a good idea to have one person handle all the serving at once. Have plates available for anybody with dietary restrictions or preferences set aside, as well.

Use Disposable Dishes & Utensils

Using disposable plates, bowls and utensils means no washing dishes at the end of the party. It also means less potential for passing around contaminants. To keep the mess under control, make sure trash or recycling receptacles are conveniently located so guests can throw things away as soon as they’re finished. To reduce waste, opt for compostable utensils and dishes. These will break down much more easily and help the environment while also keeping your guests safe and healthy.

Take It Outside

Weather permitting, consider taking your holiday gathering outdoors. The increased airflow of a patio or backyard gathering means your guests don’t have to breathe the same air for the entire event. It usually means more opportunity for social distancing, especially if you forgo the formal dining setup. For chilly climates, you can always get portable heating lamps or fireplaces to keep the guests cozy and safe.

These are just a few simple ways to make sure your holiday gathering is safe and fun. Now you can bring friends and family together responsibly and healthily by making some easy changes.

About the Author

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Having the distinction of representing many of Marin and San Francisco’s most luxurious homes, Colleen Fitzpatrick brings a wealth of expertise and experience to her clients. Her finesse in handling high-end transactions has been finely tuned with the highest level of integrity and diplomacy. Associating with Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty has further broadened her sphere to include a network of highly skilled associates all over the world.

Throughout her career, Colleen has partnered in the construction of over 25 homes, 4 for her own family, and participated in numerous land subdivision projects, so her clients benefit from her broadened perspective. In her free time, travel, especially to India, has become her passion.

Colleen’s commitment to her client’s success, adhering to the highest level of professionalism, and holding her support team to this same standard is assured. She is highly aware of the discretion and privacy necessary for her clientele. Working with Colleen, sellers, and buyers can be confident they have made an excellent choice in their selection of an agent.

Designations: Broker, CA DRE #00851293