In 2008, I was interviewed by Bonjour Events for Dinner Party tips. Here is part one. Two and three, coming soon.
Prepping for a dinner party is never an easy task. We asked dinner hostess Cindy Zuccarino of Ciao Tavola: What are five things every hostess can do to feel more prepared for her next dinner party?
* When creating your guest list, consider who you are inviting…make sure there are not underlying problems. If you know there will be a couple/people who do not know the other guests, think ahead for a common thread. It is up to the hostess to make sure everyone feels included.
* Try to come up with a general menu at least a week ahead of time.
* Learn from your mistakes! If something did not work before (food, people, conversation), do not do it again.
* Create a general “to do” list. Try to think of everything, especially things that don’t have to do with the food like reserving the babysitter, taking the dogs to the kennel, etc.
* Make a mental note of a rough time-table for the evening…how long will cocktails take, at what time should the guests be seated, etc.
And most importantly, be flexible, relax, and always have a good sense of humor!
A beautiful way to greet family, friends and guests to your home. The vibrant red in these lovely Winter containers will warm any landscape, porch or window during the cold Winter months. I noticed these arrangements in a newsletter I received last month and was instantly drawn to its elegance. I imagine myself sitting outside with my cup of hot chocolate, staring and soaking in the beauty. Of course, after some time, I would need to go back inside to thaw out my old bones. But it would be worth it!