Episode 44 Part 2 of 2: Open Your Door; It's Enough
Part 2 of our 2-Part Series on Entertaining and how to be successful when opening your doors and inviting friends and family together for a meal. In this part, we talk about the many different approaches to entertaining – both formal and casual, and how to organize, plan and be ready for your guests when they arrive. We give you tips to sail effortlessly through the party, with recipes and menu ideas that come from the people behind our podcast, our Recipe Testers. In Part 1 of this episode, we share our tips to enjoy being a host and create memorable moments.
We’ll be talking about…
- It IS easy to entertain. You have permission to try new things, especially if you bring people to your home with love and good intention.
- The idea of returning to a formal sense of entertaining.
- Organization is key to successful party planning and execution. Cherie makes list; Chef Donna keeps notebooks of party details.
- Set a clear intention for your party; details and menu planning will be easier with that in mind.
- Make lists and re-evaluate your budget, menu, and details. Do what you can with the time you have.
- Take the pressure off yourself – no one will know what you didn’t do.
- Be honest with yourself and true to who you are.
- During menu planning, select things that can be prepared ahead; take advantage of your freezer. Author Cathy Barrow of PIE SQUARED: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies shares ideas for sweet and savory pies that can be made ahead and frozen.
- Mise en place before the party so all you need to do is assemble food when ready to serve.
- Prepare your home or space or your table ahead of the party when you have time, even if it’s a week before.
- Be the first guest at your party.
- Set up a bar or beverage station so your guests have a destination when they arrive.
- Set up your kitchen to keep people out!
- Set your table with conversation starters.
- Do what you’re good at; hire help.
- How to know the right amount of food to buy or prepare for a party.
- We refer to our Bonus Episode on Breadcrumbs.
- Stay tuned for an upcoming Bonus Episode on the Gracious Guest.
- The recipes our Recipe Testers have been cooking and using for entertaining: Potluck Baked Rigatoni with Milk Braised Pork with Ricotta and Lemon; SkinnyTaste One & Done - Pork Chop Pizziaola or Buffalo Drumsticks with Creamy Cabbage and Kale Slaw; Giada’s Italy – Italian Sheet Pan Chicken with Bread Salad and Barolo Braised Short Ribs; Poulet & Legumes - Corn and Shallots with Sundried Tomatoes; 100% Real – Cold Soba Noodles with Roasted Tomato Oil, Kalamata Olives, and Shaved Parmesan Cheese; Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker - Barley Risotto with Fresh Mushrooms; Tartine All Day – Whole Loaf Cheesy Garlic Bread; Super Foods Everyday – Peanut Hummus; Let’s Stay In – Mussels in Caramelized Fennel Cream
- How to set yourself up to win when disaster strikes.
- Take to heart the words of Alana Chernila the author of The Homemade Kitchen and Eating from the Ground Up – “…everyone is just happy to have a place to sit down together. It’s enough.”
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