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Old 09-21-2013, 10:33 PM   #11
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OK, I get teased all the time for being too anal with planning a dinner party and I never did this. ...and I have the Excel skills to do it.

I make a menu and just break down the items by day so I can spread out the workload. I am not disciplined enough to follow a tight time schedule.

All that said, if this makes life easier for you, more power to you.
And I would have to ditto that.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:00 PM   #12
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Excel will do "time math" - you can input the "service time" and (on prior lines...) the service time minus x:hrs y:mins, and Excel will figure out / print the "clock time"
Thanks! I wasn't aware of the time math feature. That should help when things don't go according to plan. I end up trying to do math in my head when things are going quicker or slower than planned...and after a couple glasses of wine that's not always easy.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #13
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OK, I get teased all the time for being too anal with planning a dinner party and I never did this. ...and I have the Excel skills to do it.

I make a menu and just break down the items by day so I can spread out the workload. I am not disciplined enough to follow a tight time schedule.

All that said, if this makes life easier for you, more power to you.
Oh yes, I'm well aware of my craziness
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:22 PM   #14
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Oh yes, I'm well aware of my craziness
Just goes to show ho versatile Excel is.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:31 AM   #15
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If I could do something like this I'd be a famous chef by now. I scrible few things on s piece of paper and that is it. I I regularly cook for 50-70 people. Cooked for couple of weddings, small ones. Cooked for couple of wedding showers that were as big as some weddings never used anything remotely detailed. Amazing.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:10 AM   #16
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If it's more than 4 for the meal I use post-it notes. Each job gets a sticker, they get stuck to the kitchen cabinet doors in the order they should be tackled, one door per day, left to right. As each job is done I pitch the post-it. As long as all stickers are gone from that day's door by the end of the day I'm golden!

This has worked for me for parties of six or 16. Been doing it for decades. I actually use post-its for all my reminders - doctor's appts., lunch dates, et al. I have no plans of using a computer at this stage because if it ain't broke...
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:56 AM   #17
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I do not think it is craziness, I think it is an amazing sckill.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:11 AM   #18
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OK, I get teased all the time for being too anal with planning a dinner party and I never did this. ...and I have the Excel skills to do it.

I make a menu and just break down the items by day so I can spread out the workload. I am not disciplined enough to follow a tight time schedule.

All that said, if this makes life easier for you, more power to you.
I do pretty much what Andy does. Your meals are much more elaborate than mine. Looks gorgious and delicious.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:12 PM   #19
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I make a time chart but not a spread sheet. Since I stick with one of my tried and true menus, I just need to plan my shopping and cooking times. With some furniture arrangements we can seat up to 30, but usually it's about 20-25 with Oktoberfest planned for next month... probably about 22 people.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:06 PM   #20
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I have made spread sheets previous for parties. I went back to old fashion paper lists. A note book with one page per day. Including menu plan and shopping lists. I think your dinner parties are perhaps more elaborate and maybe more formal than mine. Planning principles are the same.

Putting a time beside some items is both useful and a reminder that your efforts match where you should be on the countdown to when guests should be expected and the party is to begin.

I start with things that can/ should be done xxx days in advance, move forward to the day before, which for me should be most of it, and day of for actual prep cooking that is needed. I Plan to have everything that can be done ahead before guests arrive. There is no reason to be polishing glassware and you haven't had time to change into your own party pants yet.

I also keep a running list of house keeping / cleaning with a final touch up the day of. ( This list could be used again.) (( well, maybe some adjustments as needed)).

The two caveats I have, once I get ready to set the table, the 2 cats are sent upstairs to play. They like to help, and I don't care for them jumping on the table. 2ndly, any fresh flowers are only brought out after they are gone. They are allowed back downstairs once the party starts, or else there would too much yowling. Surprisingly, they aren't interested with more people around and they go elsewhere and settle down by themselves.

I choose menus based on what can be made a day ahead/night before and day of. There is very little if any, that I do during dinner. Just before dinner, I usually ask for helper(s), dress the salad, slice bread, nothing to much but and extra hands are useful and they're hanging around anyway. I am not fussy about having people in the kitchen while doing last minute prep. I am fussy about what tasks I assign, and to who is capable. The least is made to feel equally valuable filling water glasses.

I don't entertain often enough, and I tend to twitch before hand. But really, I am pretty comfortable once I actually start working on the plan of attack. I think making a complete check off list is both soothing in this aspect as well as handy. One other thing I do, is bring out all the serving dishes a day in advance, and a serving fork/ spoon for each with my list in hand. Then set them aside until time to use. There is no reason to say, oh I forgot the xx.
I too have gone back to paper lists. I bought cheapish exercise book which is now my Day Book for menus.

I once made Heston Blumenthal's mushroom jelly and cream for a starter Heston Blumenthal at Home - Heston Blumenthal - Google Books for one dinner party, it took days just for that - and I found it easier to have notes on what I had to do day by day, then I could tick them off when done, plus the other dishes. I make as much as I can well in advance and sometimes freeze them.

I also have an indexed book in which I write the names of my guests and what they had, any dislikes, etc.

My son calls me a dinosaur but it works for me.
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