One of the things we believe in most when it comes to entertaining is having fun at your own party. It can be done! Preparing your dishes in advance of company arriving is the key. Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having a good time? Not us! Follow these tips to do as much ahead of time as possible:
Lists: They are essential to organizing any party. After deciding on your menu, make a list of non-perishable and perishable grocery shopping. Purchase the non-perishable items well in advance so you are not overwhelmed with a huge shopping trip the day of your party.
Table Setting: Set your table the day before or the morning of your party. Have serving platters and utensils out and ready to go.
Make Ahead Recipes: Look over your menu and see what can be made in advance and re-heated. For those dishes that will be made the day of the party, follow our Mise-en-Place entertaining tip:
Seating: Mix it up! Have couples sit apart from one another – sit guests next to someone they’ve never met before or don’t know well. Conversations will flow with ease – promise!
Just Before Guests Arrive: Put on background music, light candles, pour yourself a glass of wine. You are ready to open the door!