Serving a lot of people on the holidays can be really overwhelming and to be honest, expensive. The key to it all is organization and good planning. The more you plan, the easier and more smoothly everything will go. Here are some tips that really help.
- Plan your guest list and know how many people will be at each meal.
- How many of your guests are children? Are their any special dietary needs to be aware of? For example is anyone vegan, or allergic to a specific food.
- Develop your menu based on the number of guests and their dietary needs.
- When preparing the menu, think about the oven use before serving. If six things have to go on trays in the oven at the same time to be served hot, then you need to regroup. There won’t be enough room in the oven.
- Menu in hand, it’s time to make up the shopping list. Divide the shopping list by stores. For example, the fruit and vegetable list, the meat and poultry list, etc. Identify which items, such as paper products, can be bought in advance.
- Decide which foods can be prepared in advance and frozen. Make one or two of these items each day to reduce on same day or day before cooking.
These tips will help reduce the stress when preparing many large meals for many people. An organized hostess will always feel in control.