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How you can plan a prefect dinner party

Written By : SUN FIJI ADVERTISING. A party is an incredible way to spend the first weekend of 2009 and it is usually a tradition to invite friends over as
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI ADVERTISING. A party is an incredible way to spend the first weekend of 2009 and it is usually a tradition to invite friends over as guests. One perfect type of party is to hold a dinner party function. If you do not know how to throw such a function then this weekend is the best time to learn how. The best trick to planning the perfect dinner party for your guests is by following these simple steps.
l Choose a cause for celebration. It will set the tone and anchor all the elements of your party.
l Select a date. Make it easy on yourself and pick a day and date that gives you enough time to prepare without being rushed.
l Choose a style–an informal gathering with a few friends, a backyard picnic for the team, a low-key cocktail party for 20 or an elegant fund raising dinner for 50. The reason for the party and its style provides the structure for all other components to hang on.
l Compile the guest list and send out invitations. Casual affairs need a few days to a week’s advance notice by phone or e-mail, while written invitations to formal dinners might be mailed a full month ahead.
l Create the desired ambience. Whether it’s simple candlelight or more ornate decorations, everything from your table settings and decorations to the menu and music will set the tone.
When you plan one week ahead:
l Create the menu. Instead of immediately searching cookbooks for recipes, begin by thinking about what flavours, tastes, textures, colours and sensations would complement each other. Visit the market and taste what’s fresh, in season and delicious. Keep balance in mind: If you’re having cheese tortellini, don’t serve cheesecake for dessert and overload on dairy and heavy creamy textures. And last, be realistic about how much time you have to prepare before choosing your recipes.
l Start thinking about how you’ll arrange seating.
l Hire help or rent supplies from a party rental store. Consider getting extra plates or silverware, bar glasses and linens, as well as serving help, a caterer and a housekeeper to clean up after.




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