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  • Blooming Beauties

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    Make your flower arrangements a day or two in advance of a special event. This gives the flowers a chance to open up in time for the big day, and it “checks the box” on what can be a time … Continue reading

  • What’s Next?

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    For any larger special event, give yourself a hand by writing a timeline for the food – there’s nothing worse than reaching to serve the roasted potatoes, only to realize you forgot to put them in the oven! Any cook … Continue reading

  • Cinderella, Cinderella!

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    Iron the linens and set the tables (whether seated or buffet-style) the day or more before a special event. If necessary, cover tables with large clean sheets to keep everything in pristine condition. Cover stacks of plates on a buffet … Continue reading

  • Dust Up

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    Give the public areas of your home a thorough cleaning the week before a party, then do “touch up” cleaning the day before, or day of, your event.

  • Shop, So You Don’t Drop

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    Do the food and beverage shopping for an event as far in advance as possible. Most beverages will keep for several weeks if not longer, so decide what you’ll be serving and shop a couple of weeks in advance, then … Continue reading

  • May I Borrow a Cup of… Dessert Forks?

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    Count silverware and glassware a few weeks in advance of a big event – remembering if you need salad and dessert forks in addition to main course forks. If you’re short on supply, consider borrowing from a friend or renting … Continue reading

  • Musical Chairs

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    Don’t forget the chairs! Make arrangements to borrow from friends or rent any extra chairs you might need for party day.

  • The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Bach…!?

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    Organize the music selection several days before a party. The earlier the better… the music won’t spoil and it’s another important detail that can be crossed off a long to-do list. Turn on the music and set the lights before … Continue reading

  • The Early Bird

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    Anything that can be done in advance should be done in advance, no matter how small it seems. Make a goal of having all of the advanced tasks done 15 minutes before the guests are due; then, a few minutes … Continue reading

  • Location, Location, Location

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    Remember the oven space! When planning your menu, keep in mind the oven space available and plan the menu accordingly. If you’re serving warm appetizers, don’t fall so in love with them that you don’t cut the supply when it’s … Continue reading

  • Dessert has Food Groups?

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    To plan a balanced dessert buffet, select at least one item from each basic dessert “food group”: chocolate (truffles, brownies, chocolate dipped fruit), non-chocolate (macaroons, sugar cookies, nut bars), and fruit-based (tarts, pies, crumbles). For extra credit, select a custard/cream … Continue reading

  • Think Big

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    To save time but still have variety on your dessert buffet, make trays of desserts and cut them down to buffet size. Instead of making individual lemon tartlets, make a tray of lemon bars and cut them down to two-bite … Continue reading

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