Smooth Planning for Get-Togethers

Fall is a wonderful season for gathering with friends and family.  Just don’t let the “get-togethers” leave you falling apart!  What can you do to make your events stress-free and fun?  Whether your parties are for three or thirty, the three top tips to follow are:

  1. Relax.  Forget perfection in your planning and execution.  Unless you’re preparing a meal for the food critic at a fine dining magazine, your focus should probably not be totally on the meal but also on the purpose: having fun together.  Large gatherings do require a lot of details, but if you encounter a bump in the road, just recognize it’ll make a great story for the next party.
  2. Delegate.  You don’t have to do it all.  You’ll save on your budget and reduce your own stress when you say “yes” to offers of help.  Practice like so: “Would you like for me to bring ice?” Yes.  “Can I bring a dessert?”  Sure.  “How about I bring an appetizer?” Super.  See how easy that is?
  3. Enjoy.  Do the main work in advance, and don’t plan a menu that keeps you in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying themselves.  Remember: It’s your party.  Make sure you take part!