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Old 09-14-2004, 07:30 PM   #1
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Party ideas

Thought I'd get off the recipe kick, and ask everyone for their tips on preparing for a party - from the actual food prep, down to presentation, etc.

How do you serve your aps? Drinks? Sit down or buffet? Any neat plating ideas for aps?

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Old 09-15-2004, 03:53 PM   #2
 
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I can give you some ideas on what my family does... There are many things that play a factor in how things are used and presented. It depends on the number of people, time of year, and the occasion (formal/informal).

Over the summer, my family has had a few birthday parties. A couple of them were for my cousins.. they are 13 and 11. My aunt would ask what they wanted to have .. meaning a main course. Somtimes it's pizza, bbq'd chicken, or just a whole meal of finger foods.. that was my cousin Jon.. he's an appetizer junkie.. lol

She let everyone in the family know what she was planning on the main course.. then each family member would bring something that would compliment that. And, since my family get-togethers are kinda big, it's always set up buffet-style.... even at Christmas.

We always have Christmas at my Aunt's house (when the whole family can be there). She goes all out. She'll set up a table of appetizers when people first get there.. a table for drinks... then a table for the main course and side dishes.. then a table for dessert... everything from pies to cookies.

I was at a Christmas party once (friend's) where as each guest arrived, they got a little basket with assorted cheeses, pepperoni, crackers, and wine.

There are so many things you could do.
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Old 09-15-2004, 07:07 PM   #3
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:D What kind of parties are you interested in?There are so many different kind parties.
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Old 09-16-2004, 06:25 AM   #4
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I love the idea of 'pot luck' for family dinners, with the host providing the main course and everyone bringing the sides.

Not anything in particular; was just interested in how people plan, prep and showcase their parties, or if anyone had any questions about 'how to', etc.
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Old 09-16-2004, 09:25 AM   #5
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I love the idea of 'pot luck' for family dinners, with the host providing the main course and everyone bringing the sides.

Not anything in particular; was just interested in how people plan, prep and showcase their parties, or if anyone had any questions about 'how to', etc.
Good party prep requires plenty of ice and toilet paper.
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Old 09-19-2004, 10:11 AM   #6
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I like to do party's that have themes...Caribbean, Moraccan, Chili party..etc..all food will then fit the theme..I have fun searching out new recipes to fit the theme (yes Im brave as I will make dishes for company that I haver never made before) so far I have had no disasters!
I also like to come up w/creative ideas on how to serve the food.
Last yr. for a pre XMas dinner I made 3 different dips..red, green and white and put in oversized martini glasses...it added a festive touch.
For Thanksgiving this yr. I want people to bring their favorite dishes...I feel its an old traditional family Holiday and everyone has their memory of what they like to have..and so they should have it!
Hope some of these ideas give you some..
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Old 09-19-2004, 05:22 PM   #7
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hi, marmalady!!! :D
i don't do much formal entertaining, seeing as to how i'm only 23. usually it's just peanuts and kegs, BUT, when i DO make up a nice dish of appetizers, i always try for lots of contrast in color, texture, and flavor. that's really all i have to offer.
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:29 AM   #8
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Chez sue, The dips in the glasses sound great! I've done dips in 'veggie' containers, like hollowed out peppers, or even small cabbages.
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Old 09-22-2004, 06:16 PM   #9
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During football season we usally get together with a few close frinds and have wings and beer, but for a change one week we decided to fix fondue. I love fondue It was great because the only preparation was chopping and fixing the dips. We did a great cheese fondue and a beef fondue. Everyone sat around the table and we cooked as the game was going on. Everyone had a blast because it was a new way of enjoying our favorite day of the week.
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Old 09-24-2004, 12:33 PM   #10
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I normally like to have parties where my guests just walk in and I provide all the food (very few potlucks for me).

Somethings I like to do are as follows:

I always like to provide a variety in each course. I never make one or two appetizers but atleast 3-4 so people can sample and eat what they like.

I do the same for the main course. I atleast make 3 dishes at a minimum

I like to have a salad and also multiple choices for dessert. I guess this stems from the fact that I don't like chocolate and I almost always skip dessert if it's chocolaty.

For beverages I like to get some readymade and atleast one home made. I do not serve any alcohol in my house due to religious reasons but always have something that people will enjoy. Yes even those that expect wine at a dinner seem to enjoy it.

Finally one rule that I always follow is that mix and match and always accomodate everyone. Make things that satisfy vegetarians, red meat lovers and the non-meat lovers.

For presentation - Keep it simple and serve it as a buffet. It's casual and everyone can sample what they like and enjoy.

Also keep it cozy and personal (so don't invite a huge crowd) so that your guests feel that you took time out to talk to each one of them and socialize with them.
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