Pre Party Prep
- Send invitations (date, time, location, contact info, allergies/food restrictions, other info)
- Prepare the playlist
- Decide on the menu
Menu Suggestions and Recipes
- Smoked almonds and honey roasted almonds (they taste so good when eaten in combination)
- Veggies, dip, assorted breads
- Lobster Tarts Recipe for Print
- Bacon wrapped dates: Cut dates into bite-sized pieces and wrap each date in half a rasher of bacon. Bake at 400ºF until the bacon has crisped and browned, about 20 minutes.
- Cranberry Nachos Recipe for Print sweet, tart and savory – this will be making an appearance for many Christmases to come
- Sausages with apples and cheddar: Cut your favourite sausages into bite-sized pieces and pan fry them until cooked through. Cut up apples and cheddar into bite sized pieces.
- Coconut Milk Puddings (click for printable recipe)
- Mini gingerbread Christmas puddings
- Sundae bars
- Don Pedro (click for printable recipe): milkshakes for grown-ups
The Week Of
- Decide on your outfit (make sure it’s cleaned and ironed if needed) and accessories.
- Decide on your serving dishes and take inventory of plates, glasses, napkins, cutlery etc. and procure whatever is missing
- Complete any remaining shopping for the party.
Day Before and the Day Of
- Clear some cupboard space for the party supplies and the food that doesn’t go in the fridge so that they are easily accessible
- Tidy house and clean where needed
- Set up the bar – we like to do this on the counter space beside the fridge. We also set up an electric cooler on the counter for beer. Have receptacles for empty cans and a garbage handy in this area if possible. We have a deep drawer underneath this counter area and keep an empty beer case in there so we have somewhere to put the empty bottles.
- Rearrange furniture if needed
- Decorate and set table
- Empty the coat closet and make sure you have enough hangers for your guests
- Bathroom: hang a fresh hand towel with one or two extra stashed somewhere easily accessible; ensure there is enough hand soap and toilet paper; empty the garbage can
- Empty kitchen garbage can and recycling receptacle
- Empty the dishwasher
- Get dressed an hour before you are expecting anyone to arrive. Being in your bra when doorbell rings can throw you off no matter how prepared you are.
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