You could be the first host/hostess in your circle of friends to start a new party trend by entertaining guests in the kitchen. Guests naturally gravitate to the kitchen to watch the cook or help the hostess with last minute preparation. Have you noticed that some of the best parties end up in the kitchen anyway, for a final drink or serious talk?
Modern kitchens are attractive and inviting. For a relaxed and memorable party scene, design an easy-to-serve menu and add a few whimsical touches to your kitchen. Give your imagination free reign, for example a crimson centerpiece composed of radishes.
Atmosphere makes your party click! Use small lamps and/or candle light for a party glow. Plan background music prior to the party and delegate a helper person to change it when necessary.
Plan Ahead for a highly successful party. Make lists of major jobs and groceries. Keep last-minute fuss to a minimum.
Simple or Elaborate is up to you, but either demands previous organization. Invite compatible guests and advise them whether your party is simple or elaborate, so they will know how to dress. Telephone a couple of friends beforehand to recruit assistance in setting-up the buffet and small tables for those who would rather sit down to eat. Stack small plates at both ends of the buffet for guests who prefer to stand in the kitchen and nibble. To prevent confusion, the buffet should move forward in one direction.
Sunday Night Do-it-Yourself Sandwich Supper. Give your sandwich buffet an air of festivity, by letting parts of the supper double as decorative items. Fill baskets with raw veggies, imported mustards and cheeses, napkins, silver and various sandwich breads. Arrange various sandwich meats on a platter. Have a toaster oven handy for hot sandwich-making. After each guest loads his/her plate, let him/her tote it where they want to eat.
Eat-and-run Luncheon is a perfect party scene for parents before an afternoon soccer or football game. Make a hearty crock-pot soup. Toss a big salad and offer a selection of breads and crackers. Put on a pot of flavored coffee. Welcome your guests to come-and-go as they please.
Breakfast Ready When-you-are allows overnight guests to relax and sleep in or get up early. Easy to find breakfast foods near the kitchen range invites company to take care of their own breakfast. Eggs in a wire basket will wait for enterprising guests who want to cook. A pretty tray of croissants, jellies and honey butter will serve the less ambitious. Precook breakfast meats and arrange on a warming tray.
Hawaiian Luau Celebration is just the ticket for holidays, anniversaries or graduations. Arrange coconut shrimp, barbecued pork ribs, fried rice and fresh sliced pineapple on festive trays. Set small bowls of red sauce and sweet-sour sauce on table for dipping.
Start New Party Trend: Entertain in the Kitchen
Entertaining in the kitchen permits you, the host/hostess, to glide through the meal, relaxed and confident. Your guests will have a better time because you can spend more time with them.
The next time an event calls for a celebration, such as holidays, anniversaries or graduation, never feel like you have to compete with parties other people throw. Crank- up your innovation, fine-tune your imagination and start a new party trend. Entertain in the kitchen.
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Sources: Better Homes & Gardens “Best Buffets”1967 House & Garden “New Party Scene – the Kitchen”