Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes
Not every place is going to be able to provide the full meal for you, but they can at least pitch in.

The more than 110 Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes locations in the U.S. are willing to take the side dishes and desserts off a holiday host's hands if he or she can just handle the main course. The buffet chain will bake a caramel apple, peach, mixed berry or cherry cobbler and have it ready for pickup on Christmas day. It also prepares caesar, roasted turkey and pasta side salads to add to the spread and sells tubs of its chocolate chip cookie and sugar cookie dough for last-minute desserts.

While these options aren't nearly as helpful as preparing heat-and-eat meals or catering the whole holiday event, they take at least some of the hassle out of a hectic schedule. At the very least, they're a happier alternative to spending a sad holiday at the buffet.

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