Five Entertaining Tips for Easter…
1. It’s the Experience that Counts! I’m really passionate about creating memorable experiences for my family and friends. I want my guests to not only remember that the food was great, I want them to smile when they think about the great conversation we had and most of all I want them to say we had so much fun we can’t wait to get together again!
2. Plan Ahead, but not too much. When I first started entertaining, I’d come up with a menu on Monday night and spend all week pouring through cookbooks looking for the perfect side dish or the perfect desert only to end up so confused I didn’t know what to make! You know what I discovered? I always came back to my original menu! So don’t over plan; come up with a menu, stick with it, spend your time getting your self organized so you can feel confident and enjoy the time with your guests.
3. Finish before it Starts. This is really, really important in creating a memorable experience – especially during the holidays. Your family and friends want and deserve to spend time with you, they don’t want you trapped in the kitchen. What works for me is to to prepare the side dishes in the morning or even the night before, stick em in the fridge and reheat them in the oven, if necessary. That way I can spend time visiting and enjoying my guests.
4. Time-it! This is the secret is to staying organized and getting everything done at the same time. Use this tool and you’ll no longer have to worry about delaying the serving time because you forget to start the vegetables. You can actually enjoy and partake in those great family conversations! Click here to download and print the Time-It! tool: Time-it! tool
5. Go with your Strengths. This tip will help you maintain your confidence and last minute jitters! Over the years, I’ve developed a habit of always serving cheese when I entertain. In fact, my friends will tell you that a cheese platter is my signature dish! It started out as a quick, safe, and easy appetizer. Well, guess what? It still is! I love cheese, and I’m always trying a new cheese at the market and sharing it with my family and friends. My strength, cheese, gives me one less thing to worry about and most people love cheese too!
All the best as you create a memorable experience for your family and friends this Easter Season!