Let’s face it, party planning can cause anybody to lose their minds from time to time with having so much to do. You have the guest, the food, entertainment, and the list can go on as long as you keep adding to it. Since Labor Day is around the corner, I am going to share with you some easy tips to party planning. These tips will help you get ahead of the game, save time and ease some stress.
Tip # 1 – Plan Ahead of Time
Planning ahead IS the golden key, it will make everything much EASIER! You want to decide ahead of time what type of menu you would like to serve to your guest. When you are trying to decide on the spread, remember that this should be totally easy for you and at the same time BANGIN’ (off the charts delish) for you guest. Look for recipes online – Pinterest, your favorite food blogger, magazines (YES, I still buy magazines) or just whip up some of your favorites. You want dishes that can be prepped or made in advance. You definitely do not want to be cooking the day of your party, unless you enjoy that kind of madness.
Tip # 2 – Be Seasonal
You should always plan your menu around what is in season to create fresh and vibrant dishes. We are now in late summer but there are still some amazing produce being harvested, but depending on the region you live in all of these may not be available to you. Below are some fruits and vegetables that are currently in season:
- Cabbage – (do not forget about the babies – Brussel sprouts)
- Sweet peppers (all colors)
- Greens – Swiss chard, kale, and spinach
Try incorporating some of these into your dishes….Lets all taste the rainbow.
Tip # 3 – Have a Variety
You definitely want to have a menu that has a variety of at least 6 different dishes – a good mix between hot and cold foods. Variety will create an eye appealing spread for your guest (Go back to Tip #2). You can create a menu around a theme or food bars, which allows your guest to be creative with their food making endless combinations. Here are a couple of things that can help you create a menu that has variety:
- Time Era
- Taco bar
- Pizza bar
- Salad bar
- Bruschetta bar
Tip # 4 – Serve Buffet or Family Style
I love to serve my clients in two different styles – buffet or family style. There is only a slight difference between the two – buffet style is set up in one main are or in several areas and family style is set up right at the table where everyone is dinning.
All you need are serving dishes. Make sure to have a variety of dishes – platters, bowls, individual serving dishes (just makes everything pretty). If you don’t have any you can pick some up at Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, or any department store in your area. The dishes you plan to make ahead of time can be placed in the serving dishes to be served either cold or to be put into the oven to be heated. You will get more time to spend with your guest then worrying about the food.
Tip # 5 – Label It
Make food place card to go along with your dishes. You want to put the name of the dish along with some of the main ingredients from the dish. You want your guests to know what they’re getting (especially these days a lot of people have food allergies). Besides, it looks nice!
These simple and easy tips will help make your Labor Day party planning a breeze. I have created an awesome tool that will help you with your party planning, sign up for the planner below.