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Spread cheer—not germs—when entertaining this holiday season

(Family Features) During the giving season, the one thing you should avoid giving to visiting friends and family is the flu. Gatherings have been shown to increase the risks of spreading germs and illness; however, there are some easy tips holiday entertainers can follow to spread cheer—and not germs—at their parties.

Stock up on sanitizer. In addition to having alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the bathroom, place a bottle on the buffet table and on other commonly used surfaces. This gives guests an opportunity to kill germs before filling a plate and provides a friendly reminder to engage in this healthy practice.

Offer disposable guest towels. Multiple-use cloth towels are a haven for germs. Rather than asking guests to share one cloth towel, set out disposable guest towels.

“Individual disposable guest towels, like those made by Chinet, combine the elegance and absorption of cloth while minimizing the spread of germs,” said Julie Stoetzer, marketing manager for Huhtamaki, the makers of Chinet. “And since you can find these guest towels at your local grocery store, it will mean one less trip during the hectic holiday shopping season.”

HEA-Spread-cheer-not-germsServe snack items in single-serving bowls and cups. Candy and nuts are snacking staples in many households. To prevent germs from being transmitted through common dishes, present your snacks in single-serving containers. Disposable cut crystal tumblers are an affordable and attractive option to community dishes and will eliminate the temptation guests might have to place their hands into a bowl.

Provide guests with drink identifiers. In the excitement of a party, it’s easy to mistakenly grab the wrong glass. Using wine charms or decorative swizzle sticks can ensure that partygoers only drink from their own cup. Another option is to decorate and personalize disposable tumblers with permanent markers.

By taking these precautions this holiday season, you can help your friends and family have a happy—and healthy—New Year.

Get more holiday entertaining tips at www.mychinet.com.

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