The guests have left. The gifts are opened and the clean up has begun. As you start the new year, here is a great idea for those holiday leftovers.
Turkey & Ham Sheppard’s Pie (this is a great way to use any leftover meat, potatoes, and vegetables). Add a mix of fresh greens, shaved carrots, goat cheese, dry dill & a homemade olive oil-based dressing. Not only will you save time while getting back into your normal routine but you will also have a hearty, healthy meal sure to take the chill off the coldest of seasonal weather.
Put some heart in it,
Well it’s here. Holiday parties and the chaos that can only be December. Are you ready?!? If the answer is no, there is hope my friends.
The most difficult part of planning anything is inception. Once the idea is put in motion the rest falls into place like a foot to the pedal. If you are like me, most of your procrastination begins when deciding what to serve and whom to invite. Crackers and cheese whiz are fine for a night in front of the DVR but this choice may find you the topic of water cooler fodder if served at your holiday celebration. The bottom line: Holiday Parties should be fun and easy. You don’t have to be a world class chef to provide a menu that is both tasty and will impress more than a few of your friends. Here are a few “do’s” & “don’ts” to help make your holiday one to remember.
Make lists. Start with a menu, then a shopping list and a lastly a list of all the steps necessary to prepare the menu. Include a timeline of when you need to start preparing items and when things need to go into the oven or on the stove. It might seem like a lot, but it will really help the party go smoothly.
Have a special drink for the occasion; this can be non-alcoholic or an “adult’ beverage, use festive garnishes like cranberries, limes, raspberries, mint leaves etc.
Your guests will often ask if they need to bring anything. If you already have everything taken care of, ask your guests to bring some canned food for the local food bank. It’s a great way to celebrate the season, and people love to feel like they are contributing something.
Get too carried away with the menu, keep it simple and easy to prepare ahead of time. You want to be done with all your preparations an hour before guests arrive. That way you can relax a little, and really enjoy everyones’ company.
Last and certainly not least, don’t forget to have a music playlist or two ready to go. Put together a mix of your favorite “Holiday” tunes & another full of fun, up-beat party songs in case the evening goes late.
The key is to keep the evening simple and low stress. Don’t forget the reason you planned the party in the first place: to enjoy the ones you love. At the end of the day, if planning the perfect party feels like an overwhelming task and you would rather have the professionals handle it, remember… we are just a phone call away.
For your small gathering or a large office event, Flavor will supply a menu second to none, sure to make your holidays that much brighter.
Stay tuned for more helpful hints. Next week: Christmas Dinner.
Put Some Heart in it,