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Tips for Dinner Party Menus

March 14th 2011

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When planning a dinner party, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed about what you should serve. However, don’t let this part of the process hinder your entertaining efforts. Keep these points in mind as you sit down to develop the menu for your next dinner party.

1) Consider the theme or the atmosphere you want to set. The menu sets the stage for the entire evening, based on the type of dishes you serve. You could aim for a traditional, home cooked meal that features classic comfort foods. You may choose to get adventurous and thrill your guests with edgy, contemporary cuisine. However, if your guests are known for having picky palates, it may not be a good idea to try to turn them into culinary connoisseurs over the course of a couple of hours.

2) Be aware of the season as it relates to the menu. If the weather is hot and muggy, heavy entrees and hot soups will not go over well. On the flip side, a cold gazpacho probably won’t be as appetizing in the middle of winter. In addition, some seasons, such as fall and winter lend themselves to savory herbs and spices such as cinnamon and sage, while summer is a time to enjoy the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

3) Choose foods that match the mood of your party. As you plan, decide if the party should be a sit down event with multiple courses or an informal gathering with lots of finger foods. Another option that is always popular is the potluck dinner party, where the host provides one of two main entrees, and the guests are required to bring a side dish or dessert and a beverage.
Not only is this type of gathering a bit more economical for the host, but it also gives each guest a chance to share in the joy of being a host by cooking part of the meal.

4) Plan for children, if necessary. If there will be children in attendance, consider serving a separate, simplified menu that contains kid-friendly dishes.

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White Party

March 4th 2011

Some people think it’s a great idea to throw an all white theme party. A white party is just that; it’s a party where everyone comes dressed in white, and the fun of the party is that all the decorations and even the food is close to white as possible. If you are hosting a white party there some things you might want to keep in mind.

First, what is the venue for your white party? This will determine what type of clothes that people will wear. When a person thinks of a white party they might think of something elegant. However if you’re having this white party in a backyard or at a beach, then a white tee shirt, white tank top, or white jeans and sandals are going to be appropriate and in keeping with having a good time at this party. What kind of foods can be served at a white party? Some people might think that they’d have to stretch their imagination, but the point is to get as to as close as white as possible.

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So having said that, one can choose to use bread, or bread wrapping such as tortillas or sandwich wraps, and filling centers close to white as possible such as chicken or pork. Lots of savory dishes in particular can be themed around a white party. There are quite a few desserts that could be made around a white party as well. If one uses their imaginations they could come up with a lot of ideas.

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Going To Dinner As A Guest Tonight

February 25th 2011

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If you have been invited as a dinner guest, there are certain protocols that need to be followed depending on the situation. You will either be invited as a dinner guest at a restaurant outing, or you will be invited as a dinner guest in someone’s home. If you have been invited as a dinner guest at a restaurant, you should get the exact time and location to meet your dinner host. In this instance, you won’t have to bring anything, but you should certainly RSVP as soon as possible, so that your host can reserve with the restaurant. You’ll want to ask about the attire, so that you don’t embarrass yourself, or the host showing up too casual, or too formal. Ask them about the food selections so that if there are foods that you don’t eat, you won’t make anyone feel discomfort when you arrive. If you are invited to the host home, RSVP so that they know how much food to prepare. Find out the attire of the dinner; some people do host formal dinners in their homes. It’s a good idea to bring a bottle of wine, flowers, or some other gift to thank the host. Ask if they would like you to bring a dish, or a desert if the event is casual enough for that. Be prepared to help out in the kitchen if needed, and you should offer if the event is casual, and it isn’t being catered.

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Removing Shoes Before Entering

February 18th 2011

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Many people when they get invited over to someone’s home may be asked to remove their shoes when they enter the home. This might seem like a curious practice for some people. The reason why this is asked to be performed, is for several reasons. One reason is because the host might not want to have to clean their carpet any more than they have to. Shoes leave marks and dirt in the carpet. When people take off their shoes when they enter a home, the carpet stays cleaner, and the fibers last a lot longer. Second, the host may have just installed new carpet, or they have installed carpet that shows dirt very easily, such as white, cream, or tan colors. Again, the host is able to maintain the look of their carpet when they don’t have to worry about smudges, dirt, or mud stains. Finally, it could be the custom of the host to ask the guest to remove their shoes before entering. In Japan, and in many Asian cultures, it’s a sign of respect to remove the shoes when the guest into the home of the host. If you are a host that wants your guest to remove their shoes when entering your home, a nice touch to make up for any discomfort might be to have some slippers ready for your guest to wear indoors. Or you can offer them some nice booties or socks to wear to keep their feet warm and cozy.

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Easy Entertaining – It’s Possible And Here’s How You Do It

November 25th 2010

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You love to spend time with your friends and family, but do you dread it when it is your turn to entertain for the evening? Entertaining can be a lot of work, especially if you work full time and have kids to take care of and drive to and fro. The easier you make it on yourself the more fun you will have. Here are a few tips that might help.

• Hire a cleaning service. If you are busy like most people these days, you don’t have time to keep your house spotless and that might keep you from inviting guests into your home. Make it easier on yourself by hiring a professional cleaning service to clean your home and make it sparkle before the day of your party. It will be money well spent.

• Cook food in advance. You might not be able to prepare all of your foods in advance the day before, but there are many that you can. This will cut down on the amount of work you have to do on the night of your dinner party and no one will be any wiser.

• Keep it simple. Your guests are coming over to enjoy good times with you and not sample a gourmet meal. There is no need to create a menu that is over the top and takes you all day to prepare. A simple meal of salad and pasta is perfectly fine if it is served well on your best dinnerware and WMF flatware.

• Make clean up time a breeze. You will be left with a lot of dirty dishes but if you cook foods in advance and keep your meals simple, you won’t have as many as you otherwise might. Still, take it easy on yourself. Load your dishwasher and go to bed, or load your dishes in the sink and deal with them in the morning. No one likes to wake up to a mess but it won’t hurt to do it occasionally if it helps you enjoy your dinner party.

Entertaining should be fun and easy and it can be if you keep the above tips in mind. Of course, your food should taste good, but don’t overlook the importance of delivery by using quality dinnerware. You can serve simple meals and your guest will think they are eating like kings if you use your best flatware and dishes.

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Dinner Party Ideas For Beginners – Learning How To Entertain

November 14th 2010

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If you are not involved in dinner parties yet, you should give it a try. Many people seem to dread it because they don’t know what to serve or feel uncomfortable entertaining others. To get over your fear, start with close relatives and friends. You probably already have them over anyway but just don’t call it a dinner party.

Pretend they are coming for a dinner party and that they are casual acquaintances or co-workers so you can get used to going through the process with people you are comfortable with. Here are some easy dinner party ideas:

• Keep it simple. Now is not the time to try an elaborate new recipe. Choose foods you know how to cook well so you feel confident and will be less likely to make mistakes.

• Go for classy. Choose your best dinnerware, WMF flatware, and table decorations. Impress your guests when you have a dinner party. Never serve with mismatched dinnerware or flatware. Leave your everyday dishes in the cupboard and bring out the good stuff when you are entertaining guests.

• Go for a theme. To pull your party together, go for a theme of some sort. Rather than serve a hodgepodge of foods and drinks, put some order into your menu and you will exude a more experienced and professional air. For example, you may want to serve spaghetti for the main course, so follow up with an Italian dessert and wine. Create a centerpiece for your table that matches the meal you are serving.

• Learn how to small talk. Avoid those awkward pauses at the dinner table by keeping the conversation moving along. Remember, most people love to talk about themselves, so when the conversation starts to lag, ask your guests questions without coming across as nosey.

Learning to throw dinner parties really isn’t hard to do and you will have so much fun over the years bonding with your old friends and making new ones. It won’t be long until you start looking forward to hosting your next party.

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Planning Theme Parties

October 28th 2010

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Saying Hello to Farewell Party Themes

September 30th 2010

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Farewell parties can be hosted by the individual who will be moving to another locale or it can be thrown by a close friend. Now, if you are in the second category, you will have your work cut out for you. On one hand, you should invite virtually all of the persons that the guest of honor to the farewell party may want to say goodbye to. On the other hand, you also want the party to be on the intimate side especially as there are words to be said for and by the guest of honor.

Indeed, a farewell party takes planning but the rewards should be well worth the sacrifices from your time as the host. To make your job easier, here are possible themes for farewell parties that you can adopt or adapt to your own needs – or rather, to the preferences of the guest of honor.

Open House

In an open house farewell party, the expected guests can come and go anytime they want since the time allotted for the party is flexible. For example, on the invitations, the time can be anywhere from 12 noon to 6 in the evening. This way, the guests who cannot come at the start will still be able to say their goodbyes later during their free time from their personal and professional lives.

In this case, you can hold the party either in the home of the guest of honor or in your home or in another venue. Your choice in venue will depend on factors like number of people expected to show up, the budget available for the event and the theme of the party.

In an open house party, the people invited are often the close members of the extended family and the circle of friends that the guest of honor wants to invite. You will have to coordinate with him/her so as to avoid inviting someone unwanted in the party. You want the guest of honor to feel comfortable with the guest list.

Surprise Party

Now, if the farewell party is a surprise for the guest of honor, then utmost discretion is necessary. You want to keep the celebrant, so to speak, clueless about the party but you want the expected guests to know it and then keep the secret.

Amongst these guests, you will be able to find someone who can be your partner in crime. Planning the party then becomes easier since you already have an assistance to bear the burden with, in manner of speaking.

When planning for a surprise farewell party, it is often best to throw the party in a venue aside from the home of the guest of honor. You cannot decorate the house of the celebrant or else the secret is out.

As usual, you should plan for the food and drinks, maybe even go potluck if your budget is on the tight end. Other aspects in planning the farewell party include invitations, decorations, going-away gifts and messages for the guest of honor.

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Plan Your Housewarming Party, Potluck-Style

September 23rd 2010

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You have probably heard of giving a housewarming party on your own, which means that you will provide the food and drinks as well as the tours and activities for your guests. Your expected guests can include old and new neighbors as well as extended family members, all of whom will be able to appreciate your new house and meet new people at the same time.

And then there is also the option of going potluck. Your expected guests will understand it considering the expenses involved with purchasing and then moving into a new house. Just don’t expect to receive material gifts from your guests as it is considered in bad taste to do so. In that line of thought, you should never make the mistake of actually registering in a gift registry ala a bridal shower since it will be a black mark in your reputation within the new neighborhood. It’s definitely starting out on the wrong foot.

Send the Invites

As is the case with any party, you have to send out the invitations to the expected guests. You can do it in the traditional pen-and-paper way or the modern ways of e-mail invites, either of which is acceptable especially in these fast-paced times. Regardless of which method is chosen, however, you must remember certain things when sending out the invites, of which the following are the most important:

  • State the date and time for the housewarming party
  • Ask for confirmation of attendance through calls or e-mails as it is important in the determination of the potluck contributions
  • Include the complete address as well as specific directions to your new house, maybe even a map.

You can be as creative as you want to be with the invitations. Take pictures of the house and then use them as your invites, if you want to.

Determine the Menu and Its Venue

Of course, your home may still be filled with moving boxes so it is a good idea to designate one area of the house for the food and drinks. But if the whole house is now clean and orderly, then you may want to place a few delicious treats in the rooms both for surprise and sustenance purposes during the house tour.

You need not stress over decorations with a housewarming party. Your guests will understand although you can try to make the tour more interesting like describing how the room will look like after renovations have been made or how you fell in love with the house because of a certain feature.

Now, going back to the menu, you must coordinate the potluck. You don’t want to end up with too many desserts, or too many entrees or too many side dishes without a main dish. You may group the foods into categories – entrees, side dishes, main dishes, desserts and beverages – and then ask the expected guests to choose. Make a list of the possible contributions so that duplication can be avoided.

Naturally, you should also have food and drinks contribution to the potluck housewarming party. You can then impress the new neighbors with your culinary skills – or at least, with your good choice in restaurants.

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