A party can mean anything from drinks with savouries to a full-blown
always nice to get advice from real professionals, the following is just such advice –
|Procrastinators that we are…it|
is sometimes a chore to get an RSVP back in the mail. How many times has an invitation,
unknowingly, been mixed up in the daily mail only to be neglected until the last minute or
Surely we all empathize
We would like to suggest a simple yet proven method to
Mail your invitations on a Wednesday! Why Wednesday you ask?
Weekends, typically, are less hectic and people have a little
Author Diane Pollitt – Party Consultant
of time for menu planning, taking into consideration the likes and dislikes of the guests
you have invited.
|It is a good idea to get starters and puddings|
made the day before if you can, or better still prepare and freeze ahead.
|Take into account the nature|
of the food. Bite size food, easy to handle, is a must for the buffet style
party. There is nothing worse than trying to eat a plate of spaghetti bolognese with
a drink in one hand and nowhere to sit!
|Always serve food on clean plates Wash all fruit|
|Warm your dishes before|
putting hot food in them, place cold food on platters over bowls of ice to keep them cold.
|Don’t overstuff the fridge. Cold air must be|
allowed to circulate in the fridge to keep food safe
|Replace empty platters rather|
than adding fresh food to a dish that has already been used.
|Keep raw and cooked foods separate|
If you are hosting a party or having a buffet, make sure not to leave food
out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
|If your party is catering for dozens rather than|
a few then consider disposable plates, napkins and cutlery.
|Remember to provide a good|
selection of soft drinks, as well as the alcoholic variety, for your guests. This is
more to some people’s taste and will also cater for those having to drive home.
|It is often difficult to gauge|
appetites and to cater for large numbers, especially during the festive season when some
people will be all partied out!!! Make sure your food does not fizzle out by having
a good reserve of herb or garlic bread to satisfy man sized appetites – always popular.
|If you intend serving wine,|
think about it early. White wine should be chilled for about two hours in the
refrigerator. Red wine should be opened at least one hour before it is needed so
that it can ‘breathe’.
|Make an unusual and|
effective table centrepiece by frosting fruit. When fruit is dry, arrange on a cake
stand and decorate with baubles and tinsel.
|Unusual buffet sandwiches or|
tasty canapes are always popular. Try flavouring them with a savoury or sweet
butter. Paprika, Chives, Herbs, Garlic and Cinnamon will all prove popular with fish,
meat, poultry, game, cheese or shellfish sandwiches.
|Colourful frosting on the|
rims of drinking glasses add to the party atmosphere.
|Greet your guests with unusual savouries.|
|After such a good party put a few drops of|
Juniper essential oil on your pillow it will help prevent a hangover as it is an excellent
Donna Hughes (Consultant)
chill a room temperature beverage (tin or bottle) really fast, get a
bowl of cold water and ice cubes then add a dessert spoon of salt,
place your beverage into the bowl and leave for two/three minutes.
Your drink will be nice and cold (much faster than a fridge or
|If you are running late|
when hosting a dinner party and have forgotten to cool the wine or
cans, simply place salt, water and ice into the ice bucket and put
in your bottle, can’s anything you like really and it will cool down