My motto: Simple and easy.
No one is going to honestly remember what your house looked like for the party. Honestly they aren't going to care. What they will remember is if you took the time to greet them specifically and if you were genuine about it. The next thing they will remember is the food. If it was good or bad and if there was plenty of it.
The parties that my husband and myself put together were always known for the amazing food we served and that there would always be plenty of it and at times enough for people to take plates home. As well as the fact that we took the time to greet everyone and I demanded hugs from every single person that walked in that door! We provided that relaxed, family, good ol' southern hospitality atmosphere that we all love and adore so much.
Now is that your style...not necessarily. We each have our own and that is what makes every party special.
Simplicity will make your life less stressful, won't cost you as much money, and you will be able to enjoy your party as well! Which is always nice. So to help out I've put together a simple menu. The great thing is that you can make most of this the day before so that you have a clean kitchen for the day of the party and you don't have to think about it, except to set it all out!
For Appetizers. Keep it light and super simple. Let your talent shine with Dinner and Dessert.
Now we each have our favorites. A few of mine are as follows:
-Salsa and chips
-Tomato and Avocado Salad served with chips
(chunks of fresh tomatoes, avocado, chopped onion, splash of lemon juice, sprinkle of salt)
I came up with this one day when I didn't feel like smashing up avocado and I had tomatoes I had to use up! But this you have to make the day of the party so the veggies look pretty!
-Meatballs and bbq sauce in a crock pot to keep them warm.
(you can either make your own or just buy them.)
-A simple fruit tray is great as well!
I have found that veggies...they have a tendency of just sitting there and becoming leftovers. Unless you have a vegan or vegetarian friend coming!
Baked Potato Soup
Served with Angel Biscuits
One batch of this soup will feed an army! Make sure you have a big enough crock pot for the next day!
Graham Cracker Cookies
Hungarian Nut Horns
This can all be made the day before except for any fruits of veggies you are going to be serving. Nice huh? I think so!
I make the food the center of attention at my house. It is the first thing people notice when they walk in. Normally by smell first and then by sight! Have your table set up and ready to serve before everyone gets there. Maybe buy a few bouquets of fresh flowers to place around the living room and kitchen areas. Light a few scented candles that compliment the food.
Then guess what...your done. It's as simple as that. Then all you have to do is clean up the food and dishes. Which by the way you would have had to do anyways. But now you don't have to worry about cleaning up any decorations or anything of the sort. You can enjoy the wonderful flowers for a few days and relax with the soft scent of the candles. How awsome is that!
Remember Simple and Easy.