I'm sorry this post comes so late this week...I'm not gonna lie to you, I planned to post this on either Monday or Tuesday, but instead I got called in to sub Monday and Tuesday in a middle school. Those kids took the life right out of me! So much yelling and office sending and "go sit in the hall" it made my head spin. Each night I came home so lifeless and drained I could barely move.
Now that I've caught my breath and things are back to normal around here, I thought I'd share with you how I've been preparing for my dinner party on Saturday. This is called "How to plan a dinner party" but I think I'd rather just throw out ideas for what I'm doing. Here goes:
- Plan your menu at least a week in advance
- Choose recipes where the majority of the cooking can done ahead of time
- Choose recipes that come together fast
- Choose recipes you have made before
- Choose a fun theme for added interest
- Shop for ingredients at least a day ahead NOT the day of
- Write yourself a schedule for the day of game plan
11am - preheat oven
11:30am - prep turkey and make sure it goes in the oven.
12 pm - cook and mash potatoes, place in casserole dish.
You get the gist.
- Don’t be afraid to involve guests in the kitchen
- And last, but possibly most important: Don't get in a fight with your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend in front of your guests. It's true that hilarity will ensue, but mostly everyone will just feel awkward.
Ha! There were so many great moments from this episode, but this was one of the only clips I could find. Other contenders were:
- Don't serve a slow-roasted dish that takes 4 hours to cook if you don't plan on putting it in the oven 4 hours before your guests arrive.
- Don't describe the wine as having an "oaky afterbirth"
- Don't tell your host their meat is dry and then dip it in your glass of wine.
I definitely don't pretend to KNOW ALL about planning a dinner party, but just take these as some suggestions I have picked up along the way. It really doesn't have to be a big pretentious production; it should be about friends enjoying good food, good conversation and good company.