Planning your party can be a challenge in this busy season.
You'll need good logistics, so make lists. Make sure you have all your ingredients on hand and if people are bringing food, know what everyone will offer. Have serving dishes and utensils laid out well before the party so there is no last minute search for the gravy ladle. Set and decorate the table and don't be afraid to ask for help from your family and friends. Decorations are a good way to involve children. Be sure to buy some garnishes such as radishes, curly parsley or curly kale, and lemon or orange wedges. Make those platters look pretty! By the time guests are to arrive, you should be relaxed enough to enjoy their company.
We have some cooking tips. If you are doing baked dishes and want to fix them in advance, many things can be frozen and reheated. Bake your casserole or quiche in container lined with foil. Place the entire casserole in the freezer until frozen solid. Remove the foil wrapped contents from the dish and place the frozen casserole in a freezer bag. When ready to thaw and reheat, simply remove the foil wrapping and place the still frozen food into the same dish you baked it in. Thaw it in the refrigerator the day before, then the day of the party put it into the oven to finish. Avoid things that have to be cooked at the last minute, such as pasta.
Whether you're fixing an array of appetizers, or a more complete meal, if you follow these tips you'll develop a reputation of a great host. Giving a party doesn't have to be a stressful, rushed situation.
When giving a party you have a lot more control over what you'll eat yourself. In recent blogs we've offered some nice party foods and we'll do that again today. You want your table to look attractive and appetizing. Avoid foil trays of food in favor of nice platters and serving dishes. You don't have to mention to guests that what you have prepared is low fat or low calorie. If it's good, they won't ask.