‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

It is that time of year when holiday parties abound and for some, the time to host their yearly get together. If you are one of those people who loves to host a holiday party, here are some tips from Boca Grove Food and Beverage Director Pierre Leon on how to make the party planning a little less stressful.
 
The first thing you need to do is check your calendar and plan your party when most of your invitees can attend. You don’t want to go to all the work and have no one show up, so send out a “save-the-date” invite to everyone you want to have at the party by way of a text to make sure they have the date clear. If you get a large response that the date doesn’t work, change it. It is easier for you to change your date than hope that the others can change their conflicts to be able to attend yours. Once your date is finalized, send out your invites as early as possible. Don’t forget, you are not the only one having a party this time of year.
 
 Now that you have sent out your invitations you can start to plan your party. There are three main components of any party outside of the guests. The first part is ambiance that is driven by the décor. Food is the second component to planning your party and should go in hand with your décor. The third is the wine and spirits that need to pair well with the food you are serving.
 
Create your ambiance with lights, candles, special tablecloths and napkins, as well as seasonal music to help set the tone. The internet is a great place to get ideas and inspiration for your party décor.  Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to planning a party with the perfect plan or too many options. If you need to order anything online, make sure it will arrive with enough time before the party in case there is a need for adjustments; plus you don’t want it scheduled to arrive the day before and the delivery gets delayed and you don’t have it on time.
 
When it comes to your menu it should be simple, healthy, tasty and plentiful without being overly extravagant and wasteful. It is also a good idea to not use the party to experiment with new cuisines or foods you have never prepared before. You don’t want to run into cooking problems and the food either not be ready for the guests or not be tasty – it will set a bad mood for your party. It can be more pleasing to set up your food in different corners of your living or family room allowing for your guests a better chance of mingling. Select a minimum of four specialty dishes that may include your dessert.
 
Now that the décor is set and the food is planned, it is time to make your wine or spirit selections. If a majority of your guests like wine, then pair each dish with a different wine. You can display the bottle with the food to add to your décor. Use each food station to not only hold your wine but also the wine glasses. By putting all the pieces together at each station (décor, food and wine) you may help in inspiring conversation.
 
Ultimately, behind every great party is a great host. If you spend your party waiting on your guests versus mingling, you may not have an enjoyable time which can keep your guests from having a good time as well. If this could be your outcome, it may be beneficial to either plan your food to be easy to refill or add to your party budget to hire help to keep everything stocked.  
 
With all of these tips now in your arsenal, not only are you destined to have a fabulous party, you will also be the party host of choice for years to come. 
Posted: 11/29/2015 3:55:56 PM by Heather Dupree
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