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GAME PLAN: NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH

January 1, 2016

12:30 P.M.

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests.
  • Think about menu (if it’s elaborate like mine, you will need help in the kitchen and a bartender).
  • Book kitchen staff and bartender now!
  • Make a detailed shopping list.
  • Buy all non-perishables including alcohol.

3 Weeks Before

2 Weeks Before

  • Confirm guest list.
  • Organize all dishes, serving pieces and table linens.
  • Prepare Homemade Granola and store in an airtight container.

1 Week Before

  • Finalize menu and shopping list.
  • Prepare glaze for Baked Ham and store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • Buy croissants. (Stale croissants are better for this recipe.)

5 Days Before

  • Do all grocery shopping.
  • Wash all the fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Buy flowers.

4 Days Before

  • Arrange flowers.
  • Set table, organize all platters and bar.

2 Days Before

Day Before

New Year’s Day

February 8, 2016

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February 4, 2016
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New Year’s Day Brunch

Welcome to 2016! My friends and I started the New Year with a glorious feast at my house. The invitation was for Brunch and Bloody Marys. We started at 12:30 and were still eating at 5:00 in the afternoon. Some people make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in resolutions. I believe in setting intent […]

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January 25, 2016
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How to Dress Your Tabletop

Once you’ve decided that you’re going to have a party, chosen the menu and guest list, it’s time to design the tabletop. The table design and setting is just as important as the food because it adds another element to the event and the overall experience. I always start with one thing as my main […]

GAME PLAN: THANKSGIVING

Thursday Night

6:00 P.M.

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests.
  • Think about Menu and style of Thanksgiving. (Will you be doing most of the preparation on your own or is yours a group effort? Do you want to do most of the meal and ask people to bring a dessert or salad, or their favorite Thanksgiving dish?)
  • Buy all non-perishables including alcohol.
  • Decide logistics: Where to set up bar, buffet, etc. Do you need extra tables and chairs?

3 Weeks Before

2 Weeks Before

1 Week Before

  • Finalize menu and confirm guest list.
  • Set table: If you’re doing a formal sit-down dinner, it’s not too early to set the table. Traditional Thanksgiving involves a lot of last minute food preparation, so set the table now!

Sunday Before

  • Do all grocery shopping.
  • Wash all the vegetables and fruit.
  • Buy and arrange flowers. If your house isn’t too hot, flowers will keep if you replenish water, or wait until Monday to arrange flowers.

Monday Before

Tuesday Before

Wednesday Evening

Thursday

December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015

GAME PLAN:

2nd ANNUAL APPS & ALCOHOL PARTY

Saturday Night

7:00 P.M.

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests
  • Think about Menu
  • Think about logistics, where to set-up bar, buffet
  • If you need extra help, contact them, check availability, put them “on hold”

 

3 Weeks Before

 

2 Weeks Before

  • Review menu
  • Organize all dishes and glasses and serving platters
  • Reconfirm extra help

 

1 Week Before

  • Confirm guest list: Will there be 26 or 16?
  • Finalize menu
  • Buy and store ice, and any additional beverages

 

Monday

  • Set-up table, dishes, glasses, silverware, serving platters, utensils and napkins

 

Tuesday

  • Do all grocery shopping except for ground lamb, shrimp and crab claws
  • Wash and store all vegetables

 

Wednesday

  • Chop all onions for all recipes
  • Roast garlic
  • Roast jalapenos
  • Buy flowers
  • Organize playlist

 

Thursday

 

Friday 

 

Saturday

MORNING:

 

AFTERNOON:

 

LATE AFTERNOON:

 

7:00 P.M.:

September 21, 2015

August 17, 2015
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Videos: Game Night (PART I)

You are never too old to play games, especially when they are accompanied by lots of alcohol and enticing bar food. Little did I know when I organized this party how wildly competitive my guests would get. The winner was up in the air until the last hand was dealt. But with all the food […]

GAME PLAN: GAME NIGHT

Saturday Night

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests
  • Think about Menu
  • Decide logistics such as where to set up bar, buffet, etc.

 

3 Weeks Before

 

2 Weeks Before

  • Review menu
  • Book support staff if needed
  • Organize all dishes and glasses and serving platters
  • Buy all beverages including alcohol
  • Make Salted Caramel Sauce

 

1 Week Before

  • Finalize menu and confirm guest list
  • Buy and store ice

 

Monday

  • Set-up table, dishes, glasses, silverware, serving platters and utensils

 

Tuesday

  • Do all grocery shopping except lamb, fish and shrimp
  • Wash all vegetables.

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday

 

Saturday

 

MORNING:

  • Buy shrimp and tilapia
  • Take all prepared food out of refrigerator to come to room temperature

 

AFTERNOON:

 

 

June 29, 2015

June 26, 2015
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Game Night

Lots of people have game nights on a regular basis but this was a first for me. Lots of people play Cards Against Humanity but this was also a first for me. A first, but definitely not the last. I wanted the food to be fun food, kind of like bar food but my style. […]