Plan the Perfect Party
When it comes to a party, there’s a lot of planning involved, and there’s a lot of things to consider. Here are a few tips to help you ensure your big bash goes off without a hitch.
Crunch the Numbers:
Count on each guest eating between 8 and 12 servings of appetizers over a two-hour period.
Plan on two nonalcoholic drinks per guest during the first hour, and one for each hour after that. With this in mind, plan to buy about a pound of ice per guest for drinks.
Tackle the Food Prep Early:
Make as much of the food ahead of time as you can. Peel, chop and prep veggie trays a day in advance. Dips and desserts can often be made a couple of days prior, as well.
If you’ll be making anything in a slow cooker, prep all your ingredients the day before, so all you have to do the day of the party is add everything to the slow cooker and turn it on.
Get the family involved with party preparations. Older children can help you make food, while the younger kids can set out utensils, plates and cups. You can also assign someone to trash patrol, having them clean up plates and cups during the celebration, so there hopefully won’t be as much to clean up after the party.
Steak Fajitas Recipe
The steak for these fajitas can be marinated overnight and cooked the next day, making a quick supper. Serve them with beans and rice to round out the meal
White Chicken Chili Recipe
This chicken chili, made in a slow cooker, calls for cream cheese and half-and-half for delightful creaminess, and is guaranteed to warm the body and soul.
Turkey Meatballs Recipe
These meatballs, made with ground turkey, are cooked and then simmered in a cream sauce. Serve them over pasta, alongside green beans and garlic bread.