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 chill wine/champagne. Perfect for dinner or holiday parties. Use different decorations for your occasion. For example, I used Fall leaves for my Thanksgiving mold. Valentine’s Day? Hearts/red beads. Halloween? Add ghosts/pumpkins/skeletons. Christmas? ornaments/gold string beads. You get the picture. Also, seasonal foliage adds nature’s beauty. Be creative and have fun!
Items you will need:
- 5 qt. ice cream bucket
- 2 liter plastic bottle (cut away top 1/3)
- weights to keep plastic bottle steady (rocks)
- decorations of your choice.
- place plastic bottle with weights in middle of ice cream bucket
- fill bucket (not plastic bottle) with water
- insert decorations/foliage/berries in water – this may take some work as branches are not always cooperative. be patient.
- place finished mold in freezer. let freeze 24 hours
- remove from freezer. wiggle and remove the 2 liter plastic bottle. pour warm water outside the ice cream bucket to help loosen the mold.
- insert bottle and chill away!
Place in shallow bowl to capture water as it will melt eventually. CHEERS!