Jun 13 2011
This post is dedicated to all the hosts and hostesses out there who love to entertain and are looking for some great tips on how to throw an impromptu party! Our friends at Foodbuzz and Electrolux helped sponsor our last-minute BBQ that we threw for a few friends so that we can share our party-planning tips and ideas with you. The “Are You Party Ready” campaign is brought to you by Kelly Ripa, who is encouraging people to visit her site at Kelly-Confidential.com to take the challenge which will automatically donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and be entered for a chance to win a new Electrolux French Door Refrigerator.
We have hosted many parties throughout the years that took a lot of time to plan and execute – mainly because we are so committed to providing great food for our guests. Believe us, it’s very exhausting to host parties for a large group of people – not only before, but also during and after! So to make our lives easier, we’ve learned through our experiences to take some shortcuts when it comes to party-planning. This is your quick guide to some great tips that we have used in the past and also during our most recent BBQ party.
Besides what we did for the BBQ party, here are some more tips on what you can do in advance to prepare for any last-minute entertaining for your family and friends:
- Stock up on wine, champagne, and soda when it’s on sale and keep it handy for guests when they happen to give you a “surprise visit.”
- Always have paper plates and plastic utensils to avoid doing major clean-up at the end of the party.
- Purchase snacks that have long shelf-lives that do not need refrigeration, such as chips, cookies, and crackers – these are great to have for guests to snack on in case you didn’t have time to prepare any meals.
- Keep in mind for some quick go-to recipes that you can prepare without using a lot of ingredients or ingredients that are readily available in the fridge or cupboard.
- Never underestimate the power of freezing! If you ever make a big batch of food that you know will still taste good after you freeze it, then that would be something you can serve to your guests if you don’t have time to cook the day of the event.
- Have a box that you can put all of your miscellaneous party supplies in, such as table covers, place settings, candles, decorations, centerpieces, etc. This way you can get to it quickly and decide how you want the place to look before your guests arrive.
- Always have some entertainment options for your visitors, such as board games, video games, music, and so forth. Besides eating and drinking, you’ll want them to have a fun and memorable time.
- And lastly – don’t stress out! Your guests will understand if it’s an impromptu event, so do your best and have a good time!
So what party tips and advice can you share with us? We’d love to hear them!
Oh, and don’t forget to visit Kelly-Confidential.com to submit your last-minute entertaining ideas for your chance to win the Electrolux refrigerator!