As the festive season gallops towards us I have decided to share some of my tips for planning food for parties and groups of people. Each day this week I will give you a pearl of wisdom that I hope will help you become the coolest party cook going!
One thing I love to do is read cookery books. Hubby says I have too many cookery books. Hubby is wrong, there is no such thing as too many cookery books, gin or chocolate!
When my Mum came to visit us we made a meal for a group of our friends. We were busy prepping the meal and she said:
"What would you have done without me, you would have never got all of this done on your own"
To which I replied:
"Correct, but I would not have made this meal if I was on my own!"
TIP 1- BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN AND WANT TO PUT IN
For me it's all about what are you willing to put in? This includes money, time and effort.
There is nothing wrong with buying good ingredients that need little or no prep work. It will cost you more money but other than snipping a few packets you can feed a crowd with no work other than the shopping. Think good bread, amazing olives, thinly sliced ham and chunks of cheese spread over a table for your guests to attack. There is also nothing wrong with spending a week preparing food and extravagant items for your guests. It's up to you and you should not feel better or worse for being able to make everything or buy everything!
It's your party, plan it your way and dont feel guilty!