Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Entertaining Tips for Special Celebrations

  • The No. 1 tip is prepare, prepare, prepare. Do as much as you can in advance.
  • KISS - Keep It Simple Sweetie - We want to avoid embarrassing food catastrophes. Stick to what you know will work when cooking for company. If you want to try something new, have a "rehearsal dinner" for your family the week before.
  • Candles, candles, candles!You can never have too many. Have them at varying heights for a buffet. But always be safe. Candles inside hurricanes or globes are best
  • Atmosphere is everything and lighting is a big part of that. Add dimmer switches to other rooms besides than the dining room to create wonderful mood lighting.
  • Have your music selected in a stack in advance or in a multi-disc player.
  • Napkins are more than just functional. Learn a new napkin fold for an elegant table accent. Be creative and use what you have to create interesting napkin rings - leaves, pinecones, small ornaments as accents. Write your guests names on these and use as place cards.
  • Get your children to help out by serving food or checking coats. They feel a part of the fun!
  • For a more interesting table, use usual things in unusual ways such as a sombrero to hold chips, a birdhouse feeder to hold napkins, and clay pots to hold bread.
  • Enjoy yourself! If you're calm, relaxed and having a good time, your guests are likely to, too.
  • For smaller gatherings, it's nice to send your guests home with a memento of the evening. A recipe attached to a main ingredient of the meal or an dip mix in a small bowl tied with ribbon are thoughtful gifts.
  • Use presentations such as posting the evening's menu.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Spring Entertaining Inspiration - Brunch

Theme and Motivation:
Holiday Morning Brunch Menu:
• Bloody Marys and Coffee
• Classic Mandarin Orange Salad
• Individual Spinach and Bacon Quiches
• Ham and Cheese Puff Pie
• Sausage and Bacon
• Peach Streusel Coffee Cake
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Party Strategy:
• Make the Bloody Mary mix ahead up to two days. Store in refrigerator.
• Sausage, bacon and coffee cake can be cooked day before and re-heated.
• Brunch takes the place of two meals – breakfast and lunch – so plan for somewhere
between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
• The party mood should be slow and conversational.
• Play holiday music softly in the background.
• Even though it’s daytime, light lots of candles.

Serving Tips: To order any of the items below, click here.
• Bloody Marys: Serve in Tuscan Goblets.
• Coffee: Place tea light under Beverage Server and place brewed coffee inside.
• Classic Mandarin Orange Salad: Display in Kensington Serving Bowl and serve in Swirl Dessert Bowls
• Ham and Cheese Puff Pie, Sausage and Bacon: Display on Platinum Nights Holiday
Platter, serve on Platinum Nights Holiday Plates
• Peach Streusel Coffee Cake: Display on Platinum Nights Holiday Plate, serve on
Swirl Plates

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