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Simple Side Dishes

If there are any helpful tips on navigating the holiday season craze, it would have to always circle back to simplicity. The best way to keep stress at bay and enjoyment at the heart is to keep things simple. From entertaining to recipes we have a few tips below on how to breeze through the hustle and bustle:

  1. Stay organized: Make a list of all items you need, and shop in advance to alleviate the stress of last minute store runs. Plan menus and prep as many dishes as possible prior to the party date.
  2. Set the scene: Do all your deep cleaning and prep several days in advance. The day before guests arrive can be reserved for just a quick tidy up. Select the Greenleaf scent you would like to set the tone. We suggest Silver Spruce, Merry Memories or Wintertime Wishes for a festive touch.
  3. Don’t try to do it all yourself: Ask for family and friends to pitch in. If it makes it easier, request that each guest bring a dessert or appetizer. Most party guests enjoy helping out the host.

Looking for some simple side dish ideas? Here are two of our favorites below that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Easy Grape Salad

1 8 oz package of cream cheese (softened)

1 cup of sour cream

¼ cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

4 pounds of seedless grapes (about 10 cups)

¾ cup of brown sugar

1 cup of walnuts or pecans, chopped


In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla.

Carefully fold in the grapes and gently toss until evenly coated.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and walnuts.

Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the grapes. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Serve cold.

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

1 ½ large heads of cauliflower

12 tablespoons of butter plus more to butter dish (it’s ok it’s the holidays)

½ cup of heavy cream

3 cloves minced garlic

2 cup of grated white cheddar

1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook cauliflower until tender. About 8 minutes. Drain well.

Butter a large baking dish. Add half the cauliflower and pour over the half of the heavy cream. Dot with half the butter. Sprinkle half of the garlic, cheddar, parmesan and thyme. Repeat with remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

Bake until cheese is melty and deeply golden. About 30 minutes.

Let cool 5 minutes, then serve.


We hope these tips help you keep the simple in your holiday this season. If you have any, please share with us!

🥂 Cheers to a simplified season!

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