Entertaining and Party Tips
hospitality to one another - that is,
those of the household of faith. And do it
ungrudgingly - cordially and graciously
without complaining - but as representing Him.
Countdown to a perfect party:
| - Set up a plan and space out preparations so you'll be relaxed, rested and ready.
| - As soon as you have set the date and the guest list, make a list of all the supplies you'll need.
| - One week before: Shop for beverages, making sure you have a variety for all your guests. Decide what linens
and dishes you'll need and be sure they're in order.
| - Two days before: Get the whole family to help with housecleaning. Decide what to do with guests coats and boots.
Shop for perishables; wash, trim and store fresh vegetables and fruit in plastic bags, refrigerated.
| - One day before: Prepare all make-ahead foods, wrap them well and refrigerate.
| - Day of the party: Give the house a once over; arrange flowers and candles. Pick up extra ice. Set the table or buffet,
assemble ingredients and cook the rest of the menu, and prepare yourself to have a wonderful time.
- A make ahead menu provides a hassle-free party. Plan one or two hot appetizers that you can make ahead and heat at the last minute. For the rest of the menu, choose foods you can prepare ahead of time, and serve without last-minute attention.
- When planning an appetizer party, imagine how foods will look and taste together. Balance rich, dense, and highly flavored foods with simple, fresh items, and try to include at least one or two low-calorie and vegetarian choices.
- When you serve buffet-style, choose foods that are easy to pick up quickly. Too many offerings that must be spooned, sliced, or spread cause people to bunch up around the table. Avoid foods that are messy or difficult to eat, especially if guests will be standing while socializing.
- Think about your party. What serving plates will you use? Do you have enough serving spoons? How will you arrange the table? Where will you place the beverages? Make a list of all the ingredients you need before you shop so you don't waste time on the day of the party making extra trips to the grocery store. Do your shopping in advance, then prepare as many dishes as possible ahead. This may seem like alot of preparation, but the more time you put into the party before, the less hassle you will have later.
Consider some ways
to make your guests
| - Get some
paper napkins with a welcome print such as :
"Glad You came", "You Are Welcome",
"God Bless You", you will be surprised
how this can break the ice and start a
| - If you
have a large crowd, try to match the quiet ones
with the more talkative people. This way
everybody will feel comfortable and can have some
| - Don't pray
a stereotype prayer, include your guests as you
pray before dinner.
| - Be polite
and oversee mishaps, leave your cotton lace
tablecloth in the cupboard when you entertain
children. You will put their parents at ease!
| - If your
guests give you a sincere "no thank you",
do not insist that they try your most delicious
dessert or cake, they might be on a diet and do
not want to talk about it.
| -Never let
your company know that you stayed up until 2 o'clock
in the morning (even if you did!) to finish the
icing on the cake. It does not make them feel
| - You do
not have to prove your
kitchen skills in doing everything yourself.
Rather than being all run-down when your guests
arrive, take 30 minutes to relax and pick up a
cake at the bakery!
your conversation always be full of grace,
seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to
answer everyone. Colossians
| Heidi Maier
- Cut thin slices of orange, lemon or lime, stud the peel with cloves
and float slices in a bowl of punch.
- Make an ice ring for your punch using fruit juice or even sherbet instead of water.
It looks nice and won't water down the punch as it melts.
- Outline the rim of a platter with herb sprigs.
Scatter with fresh cranberries for an appealing platter.
- Serve (or even bake) stuffing and vegetables inside tiny, hollowed out pumpkins.