16 Charts for the Easiest Party Planning
You may want to bookmark this post, folks. It could save you from a hosting disaster, someday!
In our happiest dreams, we pull off a successful dinner party to choruses of “What a beautiful tablescape!” and “Did you make that gorgeous tart?” But in reality, as the last guests leave, it can feel like you’ve just been through something… challenging.
The duties of a host often require a ton of forethought and multitasking that’s nearly impossible to master. That’s why we’ve worked with the folks at Huffington Post to create a helpful list of tips that will take your hosting skills to the next level. Take a moment to read through them and keep them close at hand when planning your next get-together – they can save you time and trouble, making it easier for you to enjoy the party yourself!
Preparing for your Perfect Dinner Party
This guide makes it super easy to draw up your shopping list. Just multiply the recommended serving size by your number of guests!
Finally, we know what that tiny fork is for.
And based on the meal, where to put it.
A polished way to put your napkin holders to a more creative use.
HORS D’OEUVRES for All
Some simple and lovely ways to serve water to your guests as they arrive.
The anatomy of a perfect cheese plate.
And the perfect wines to it pair with.
Image: Cooking And Beer
Don’t forget the beer lovers!
The Main Course
For the kitchen: a guide to what produce is in season, so that what you serve is as fresh and flavorful as possible.
Use this masterchart to build the perfect first-course salad.
This cooking cheat sheet is a lifesaver — you’ll never serve overcooked Brussels sprouts again.
Guests will be impressed by your ability to cook steak to order.
How to build balanced, tasty flavor profiles in your food.
Some easy ways to give your plating that restaurant-quality look.
Dessert: The perfect finish
Wow the party by thoughtfully pairing your dessert with a wine.
Finally, offer a comforting cup of tea to close out a successful night — perfectly brewed.
Your Party Planning Essential, a Kenmore Kitchen
Kenmore wants your next dinner party to go off without a hitch. Before taking on the task, make sure you’re armed with the tools you need!
New Kenmore refrigerators provide spacious storage pre-party, plus convenient storage features like adjustable glass shelves, gallon-size door storage, dairy/butter compartment, clear humidity-controlled crisper bins, and much more. [link to fridge lineup page, when available]
After the party, Kenmore’s latest dishwashers make cleanup time a breeze UltraWash® and UltraWash® Plus cleaning power, SmartDry™ and Turbo Dry™ systems, plus premium features like a stainless steel interior, removable third rack and UL-certified SaniRinse.
The Kenmore brand represents 100 years of trusted performance, backed by exclusive features and innovations that no other brand can bring to the table. We’re always evolving to ensure day-to-day tasks are taken care of with faster cooking, better cleaning and more living throughout the home.