Plug in that trusty slow cooker and make it the centerpiece of your next party! Here are 3 quick and easy ways to get an assist from this kitchen work horse.

1. Fire Up Some Wine

Whether you're into Swedish Glogg, German Gluehwein or classic Mulled Wine, preparing these recipes in a slow cooker makes a ton of sense. No need to babysit this creation on the stove top. You can set it up and forget it, inviting guests to help themselves.

Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine | Photo by Meredith

2. Host a BYOT Chili Feed

Make a huge batch of your fave slow cooker chili, and invite friends to BYOT... bring your own toppings. Give the event some competitive spirit by awarding the most creative chili topping a prize, and making the person who showed up empty-handed do the dishes. Entertaining doesn't get any easier than this!

102662934 slow cooker chili photo by Meredith
Photo by Meredith Publishing

3. Use it To Make Your House Smell So Good

There's nothing sweeter than walking into a house that's perfumed with holiday fragrance. Toss sliced oranges, cinnamon sticks, cranberries and other aromatic spices with water into a slow cooker and you've got instant festive vibe. Plus, a little bit of extra moisture in the air is genius for keeping your skin looking dewy. Thanks to Tiffany from Don't Waste the Crumbs blog for the inspiration.

Photo by Tiffany, Don't Waste the Crumbs blog