The Ultimate Party: GUIDE FOR THE PERFECT MENU

Once you have made your guest list and received confirmation as to who will be attending, start asking your guests about preferences, likes and dislikes. It’s just as important to know what NOT to make as what TO make. Now, take all this information and sit down with a piece paper and a pen. Time…

The Ultimate Party: A Guide to Planning your First Dinner Party

The Ultimate Party: A Guide to Planning your First Dinner Party When it comes to planning a perfect dinner party it is important to start with a plan of action. And the plan begins with the guest list. If you’ve never thrown a dinner party before, this can be a challenge. That is why the…

The Ultimate Party: Planning Guide – COCKTAIL PARTY TIPS

Hosting a cocktail party is fun and it can be as SIMPLE or EXTRAVAGANT as you desire. Cocktail Parties are a brilliant way to entertain friends and business associates. Ideal for the busy host, cocktail parties are convenient– guests will freely mix and mingle with others guests over appetizers and drinks for a couple of…

Planning Guide – GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR THE PARTY

10 Tips to get Organized for Your  Party – Planning a party, no matter what the size can be a real stressor. It can take a fairly normal person and make her moody and irritable. Especially when you are not the one making the mess but you are the one to do the majority of…

The Ultimate Party: Planning Guide – First Steps

When we first began entertaining and planning parties and events, we would make things up as we went. We would create events through trial and error. What we realized was that the most successful ones had a common element. They were created with a plan, a step-by-step list of tasks that, when executed properly would…

Christmas Broccoli or Broccoli Rabe – Italy

To the Italians the holidays and food are synonymous. They go together like salt and pepper. Italians also love to feed others and any excuse to indulge in comforting Italian dishes is a time for celebration. The holidays are an especially good time to show others just how much they care with traditional food that…

Buñuelos Colombianos- Colombia

Christmas in Colombia, the Noche Buena, is a very special time for family and friends and it also big party time because they gather, share culinary dishes and celebrate with the beat of salsa, cumbia, merengue, vallenato and other music rhythms. The celebration starts on December 7th , known as the Night of the Candles,…

Turkey with Fig Sauce and Turkey Breast of Christmas- Brazil

Turkey with Fig Sauce Ingredients • 1 (9 lbs) whole turkey, giblets removed • 2 tbsps. margarine • 12 fresh, ripe, figs. • 1 tbsp of soy sauce • 1 cup of Champagne • 1 tbsp of honey Directions Thaw the turkey and accommodate the bird in a roasting pan. Attach the wings to his…

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio- Brazil

In Brazil, Christmas, December 25th is one of the most important festive days but the big celebration occurs on Christmas Eve. Having a multicultural population, the festivities in the country are influenced by ethnic ways. Although, they have retained some of the Christmas customs of the Portuguese colony. Notable among these is creating a nativity…

Terrific Turkey and Sweet Sweet Potatoes – USA

“Make it Your Own” Holiday or Any Day Meal Terrific Turkey Submitted by Lydia Harris Soak turkey for 2 days after thaw in brine solution using coarse sea salt, your favorite herbs and spices, and a favored liquid to maximize moisture. My combination usually consists of black pepper, orange rind/slices, garlic and a whole bottle…

Ultimate Holiday Feasts – America

Customs and Traditional Christmas Dinners in the United States In the early days of Christianity, believers attended church, then celebrated in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere. The poor would go to the houses of the wealthy, demanding their best food and drink. If the wealthy refused, they were often terrorized by the poor with pranks and…

Holiday Entertaining Countdown

Countdown Checklist for Any Party It is all about preparation, for any get-together especially during Holidays. The holiday season is the time to enjoy family and friends. A well planned party is enjoyable for the guests as well as the host/hostess. Some preparation will make entertainment fun. One Month Before It is important to make…