Secret to holiday entertaining without the cleanup

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Stress- and mess-free holiday hosting
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Stress- and mess-free holiday hosting

"I can’t believe it is that festive time of year again—the time when the world lights up with sparkles and we have all the excuses to invite friends over for pomegranate mimosas!" -- Caroline, Colorful Eats

"Something I love the most is putting together simple, gatherings or happy hours! To me there is no need to stress out about the holidays or having people over—because that defeats the point right!?" -- Caroline, Colorful Eats

"Truthfully, I have never been the biggest fan of paper plates. But I got a box of these amazing clear plastic and very sturdy plates and cups and absolutely loved them! These Chinet® Cut Crystal® plates, cups and cutlery are simply fabulous plus simply simple so you can truly enjoy this season, festive eats and your friends rather than worrying about clean up."  --Caroline, Colorful Eats

"It's beginning to cool down across the country, who am I kidding, it's been cold up here since September, but I am just now starting to feel the Christmas spirit. Each year, I love to give gifts to my neighbors and friends; last year I made cranberry preserves, and this year I have too many ideas to count." -- Chloe, Boxwood Avenue
"I planned a day of baking sugar cookies and chocolate chip (the only two cookies in my book), to package up and give to the guys on the ranch. Since frosting is prohibited from the cook house, I made sure to add a little extra, as a special treat." -- Chloe, Boxwood Avenue
"I loved using Chinet® Cut Crystal® plates and cutlery for preparing my cookie packages - they would serve as the perfect tool to use for your own cookie exchange!"  -- Chloe, Boxwood Avenue
"I don't know about you, but I'm all caught up in the holiday spirit over here! It's no secret that I LOVE entertaining, but during the holidays you can just magnify that times 100. I live to feed people, just ask anyone that knows me!" -- Meg, Beard and Bonnet
"Honestly, clean up is about the only thing I hate when it comes to holiday cooking and entertaining! I want to be a part of the fun, not the clean up crew. So, this year whether I am planning a decadent meal at our house for friends or delivering a plate of cookies to my son's teacher I am going to take it easy on myself and stock up on Chinet® Cut Crystal® disposable plastic plates, cutlery and utensils." -- Meg, Beard and Bonnet

"I love that I can literally match any party's decor without batting an eye, plus Chinet® products are durable and strong so I don't have to worry about the plates cracking or splitting like other brands I have tried in the past. Knowing that Chinet® Cut Crystal® products are all recyclable makes me feel pretty good about using them during the holidays too!" -- Meg, Beard and Bonnet

"In just a few short weeks we will all be gathering with loved ones to begin celebrating the holidays. Of course we’re all busy planning for the main events… big turkey dinners and fancy cocktail parties, but how about all those meals in between?" -- Amanda, Fashionable Hostess

"In our family, while we love the main events, we also love the more casual ones where we get together over a hearty brunch. Casual in attire does not mean causal in display of course. Brunch means whipping up a beautiful buffet with endless breakfast goods, and inviting over our 20 closest friends to come and mingle." -- AmandaFashionable Hostess
"While the presentation is on point, the thought of doing more dishes is not quite as high of a priority. Our go-to as a result? Chinet® Cut Crystal® disposable tableware!" -- AmandaFashionable Hostess
"Here in the south, things are done a little differently.  People tend to move at a refreshingly slower pace.  They value big open spaces more than most.  There's also a lack of pretension around hosting that feels almost therapeutic." -- Jen, The Effortless Chic

"You don't need a big budget or elaborate tabletop pieces to create an atmosphere where guests feel welcomed and entertained.  On the contrary, sometimes those more relaxed atmospheres make for the best parties!  We partnered with the Chinet® brand to create this Texas Holiday Barbecue of my dream." -- Jen, The Effortless Chic

"I love that the Chinet® Cut Crystal® collection has everything you need from salad plates for sides to large dinner plates, cutlery, stemless glasses and more!  It looks simple and chic and no one is stuck with a sink full of dishes at the end of the night. -- Jen, The Effortless Chic

"If you've spent any length of time in years past on this here site, you'll already be well versed in my obsession with all things Christmas. The twinkly lights, cozy decor, and excuses to hang out with loved ones near and far always get me going, and I anticipate the season year round." -- Jacquelyn, Lark and Linen

"Now that we own our own home, I'm very much looking forward to instilling new traditions to last for years to come. And one of my favorite ideas to date: a no-fuss "family game night" holiday party." -- Jacquelyn, Lark and Linen

"To make matters even simpler, and avoid any messy cleanup when I have to jet off to my cousin's sister-in- laws to visit aunt so and so who's only here for a brief moment the next morning (not even joking - this is my November/December in a nutshell), I like to stock up on Chinet® Cut Crystal® disposable wine glasses and cups, clear plastic plates, and cutlery." -- Jacquelyn, Lark and Linen

"They look like the real deal - they really and truly feel substantial and legitimate - and they don't hinder any of my decor decisions, which may not be important to everyone, but is a must for the designer within me. I've avoided disposable products in the past for that very reason, but in this season of life it's almost become non-negotiable, and has been a huge stress relief when it comes to hosting." -- Jacquelyn, Lark and Linen
"Entertaining – you either love it or hate it. I love/hate it – if that makes sense?! I love the idea of having people over – the preparing of a meal, maybe a signature cocktail, lighting candles to make the house smell all lovely and splurging on extra flowers for the table." -- JessicaA Happy Food Dance
"But then the actual day comes and I haven’t prepped like I should have been, or the meal I had in mind is taking WAY longer than I had anticipated and I have almost broken down because I didn’t have cupcake liners and there I am, standing there with a bowl of batter, and no where to go." -- JessicaA Happy Food Dance
"But this year I'm being smart, this year I'm not messing with that, this year I'm using Chinet® Cut Crystal® disposable tableware. You can have your classy affair with dazzling drinkware, beautifully rimmed plates and sturdy flatware without resulting to crumbly paper plates and flimsy forks that usually lose a prong or two before you’ve even had your third bite." -- JessicaA Happy Food Dance

"When it comes to holiday parties, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible, so that we can all enjoy the festivities. My mom always taught me that it’s about being together, laughing, and making great memories, not on what china you used or whether a proper invitation was sent. -- Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

"One of my favorite easy entertaining hacks: disposable tableware. My current favorite and go-to for entertaining this holiday season is Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware. From cups to glasses, plates, and utensils, all of it is disposable, but still beautiful." -- Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

"The Cut Crystal® line makes cleanup easy so you can spend more time with the ones you love. The clear design of the line just makes it so that it matches no matter what your party theme is." -- Lexi, Glitter, Inc.


The holidays are a special time for coming together with the ones you love most. And while it's easy to find joy in the present opening and cookie swapping, the only downer about holiday entertaining comes at the end: the dreaded cleanup. Consider this secret our gift to you: The Chinet® Cut Crystal® line keeps your table looking gorgeous and nearly eliminates dish duty.

We asked bloggers from the Lifestyle Collective to show us how they integrate the line into their holiday entertaining. They were thrilled to be able to spend more time with family and friends and less at their kitchen sink.

Check out the slideshow above for some serious holiday entertaining inspiration.

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