Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Works-For-Me-Wednesday: Hosting Holiday Meals
Here are a few random tips if you are hosting a big holiday meal:
~ Plan the whole meal well ahead of time. Schedule when to make each dish. Consider what things can be made ahead and think about how long each thing takes to make. Work backward from the time you want to eat to decide when to start each dish.
~ Purchase disposable containers so you can send leftovers home with your guests and they don't have to worry about returning any dishes.
~ Set the table(s) ahead of time. That way when the food is ready, you can just set it out and call everybody over.
~ Be flexible about what time you plan to eat. Give guests a general idea of the time, but don't be too specific. It's SO hard to get everything ready at the same time!
~ If you have appetizers for early guests, keep them light. You don't want everybody to be already full when sitting down to a fabulous big meal.
~ Skip the green salad and maybe even the rolls! For my family at least, there are so many wonderful dishes being served that nobody wants to fill up on salad or bread. I finally stopped serving salad and am considering stopping the rolls because they go uneaten and we end up with too many left over.
~ Jot down notes for your next big meal. Were you wrong on any timing? What dishes were a hit and what was hardly eaten? Were you missing anything? What worked well? Seriously - write it down. I always think I'll remember next year, but I don't! :)
Are you hosting a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal? What tips do you have?
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