Most of you may fret at the idea of hosting an elegant Christmas soirée or a simple get-together with cocktails. Imagine all the work and the planning that it will need; needless to mention cooking, cleaning and organizing to take care of.
Some of you may already be breaking into a sweat simply imagining that massive to-do list. This is one Christmas list that is better left for the perfect housewife like Brie from Desperate Housewives to get done, while you binge on the Hors d’oeuvre and eggnog leaving all the heavy lifting to others.
But wait, hosting a Christmas dinner party or get-together might not be such a nightmare after all.Simply follow these easy steps and be the perfect party-host and the envy of neighborhood ladies.
Do you want a sit-down dinner, or a casual happening with cocktails? The first step is to determine that.An easy option is to host a buffet dinner party, serve the dishes hot, put out the plates and crockery and smile cordially while your guests help themselves out.
In case of a casual cocktail party: well-stock the pantry and keep the hors d’oeuvres prepared in advance. Make them look pretty and serve them on time. Make sure you only keep one or two hours of prep time necessary to dish them out on the D-day i.e. the day of the event.
Get on with the guest list and invitations: While to the untrained eye or a dinner party-hosting virgin this might seem like the easiest of the jobs. But it is in actuality the most important one. Imagine preparing for the perfect dinner party only to discover no one showed up for it! Why? Because your forgetful partner forgot to send out the invitations.
Fix a date (convenient for most), prepare the guest list, determine the menu and send out the invitations. We recommend that you send out the invitations well in advance, at least 3 to 4 weeks if possible.
Keep your menu simple yet impressive. If you are only serving appetizers with cocktails or high-tea, we suggest you prepare recipes that can be made in advance. Another nifty idea is to keep a self-serve cocktail bar ready for your guests to take care of refilling themselves. Who likes to spend their party slaving out fixing drinks in their Dior dress? Keep a few pretty pre-cut garnishes ready to go with some easy to make vodka cocktail recipes on a counter.