I plan parties and execute them for a living. I’m passionate about food, plates, silverware, the setting – all of it. It’s a good thing I do this for other people, because my husband couldn’t care less most of the time! He doesn’t understand why I like the plates all in the same spot on the table setting, or the glasses in the correct corner. What does that say?! Every day meals at the Rees Residence are probably just like the ones at your house.
When I plan “big” parties for my clients I take the stress of this planning away from them. Usually not all of it, my domain is the kitchen, the dining room, where ever there is food. It’s usually at least 50% of the stress that they have. Everyone loves the adrenaline rush that you get while preparing for a party, even my husband – he won’t admit to it, but I know that it’s true! They worry if the house is clean enough, do I have enough ice, what’s the weather going to be like, and everything in-between!
I’ve seen long complicated check list. I have a few that I make up for my events, and I wouldn’t even begin to suggest that you do this! You know how much silverware you have, and where your glasses are!
There are some things that you can do, and here are some easy tips to keep in mind.
5 Easy Tips
1. I always try out the recipe before I actually try it on my guests! Why? I need to know how it will taste – and so should you! I need to know how it will cook, and so should you! And most important, I need to know how much time it will take me to get it done!
2. Don’t go too complicated. Not all of us are master chefs and sometimes simple with a few little tweaks are great.
3. Shop, Shop, Shop – make sure you have all of the recipe’s ingredients on hand – we call this mise en place.
4. Taste your ingredients (or smell them) for freshness, and taste your meal as you go! That’s the only way you’ll know how the finished product will turn out!
5. Finish with a great (and easy) dessert! It’s the last bite of the day, and that’s the one that they will all remember.