The holidays bring lots of opportunities for festive dinner parties with friends, family and co-workers. Planning the logistics of a big meal for everyone can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 3 tips to help you pull off the perfect holiday dinner party like a pro.
1. Plan Ahead
When planning a big meal for lots of friends and family, it’s important to be organized and plan ahead. Start thinking about your menu a week in advance. This will give you time to scout recipes, shop around for ingredients and avoid any last minute stress.
One great planning tool is the Food on the Table app. This app lets you browse thousands of recipes, organize your menu and create a shopping list. You can even choose your grocery store to see what’s on sale.
2. Make ahead
As you start putting your menu together consider choosing a recipe you can prepare ahead of time then pop in the oven before you’re ready to eat. This will limit the chaos that always seems to take place right as guests arrive. The Food52 app is especially handy around the holidays, with tons of great recipes right at your fingertips.
If everything is already made, you can pop it all in the oven then enjoy time with your guests as it cooks. Everyone loves a stress-free chef.
3. Easy Cleanup
When setting your table, especially for a large group, think about how much cleanup will be involved after the meal. Instead of using a 3-piece set of china with multiple glasses and utensils, consider opting for quality disposables that give the look at feel of real china, but can be tossed out after dinner for easy cleanup. This is especially convenient for more informal get togethers.
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