Monday, August 28, 2017

Time-Saving Tips for Hosting a Luncheon

I'm not one to entertain a lot.  I never have been, but decided to invite a group of friends over for a small luncheon.  Here are a few time-saving tips I used that can make your luncheon easy, and can be done prior to the party.

1.  Decide on your menu. I decided on cold foods, pasta salad with grilled chicken on the side, potato salad, fresh veggie tray, fruit tray, fixings for a garden salad, and turkey or ham sandwich on wraps or wheat bread with pretzel crisps as a cracker.

2.  Decide if you will use china, casual, or even paper or acrylic type plates, cloth napkins, etc. For a small group of friends, I prefer casual, using a variety of items.

3.  Gather your dishware and serving pieces together.  

4.  I pulled out old china that belonged to my MIL, but chose to use a pretty paper napkin found at the Dollar Tree for convenience. You can mix and match, no need to be formal unless that is your choice.

5.  I used Dollar Tree glassware, as well, and a tureen from Good Will for holding the pasta.

6.  The day before, I placed the serving dishes, tureen, etc. on a side table to see how they would work, since I wanted to serve from there and eat at the main dining table.  Setting the pieces out the day before allows you to downsize pieces if space is a problem.

7. Two table cloths and a runner were layered on the dining table.

8.  My menu allowed  easy prep of the food, which was all prepared the night before, and placed in the fridge.  All I had to do was place the foods in the serving pieces when we were ready to eat.

9.  I set up a coffee bar on the island using my french drying rack, and a variety of cups/mugs.  The brass stand held a variety of yogurts, apple sauces, puddings, just in case someone wanted a bite of something prior to lunch.
Do you have time-saving tips that you use when preparing for a get together?  If so leave  them in the comments.  

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