Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 27th, 2014

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Today,  I’m cooking, watching the parade, football and movies, eating and repeating. Be grateful, enjoy family, friends and great food! Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

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    Entertaining 101: Preparation

    Posted on: November 25th, 2014

     LeeHenry Events Blog

    Last week, in our Entertaining 101 series, we talked about “Getting Started”. Today, I’m sharing with you four ways to prepare and plan early.

    1. Plan your menu out several weeks before your event date. Kim Macon of Tastefully Creations by Kim, a South Carolina based caterer suggests polling your guest list for any special dietary needs. She generally will prepare food with ingredients common to most people which is usually not bothersome to anyone that may be highly allergic. For the event, she likes to place food cards in frames to specify the name of the food or special ingredient such as pork or peanuts for guests with dietary restrictions. Kim states its best to include a vegetable medley or a simple dish that covers all appetites on your menu.

    2. I highly recommend hiring a caterer even if they only provide the most time consuming foods such as the meats and/or desserts. If a caterer isn’t in the budget or you love to cook, it is wise to include dishes on your menu that can be prepared early and placed in the freezer.

    3. The day before your event, set the table and add any last minute decor. I also like to create a timeline for the day of the event. This timeline will help with the smooth flow of the day.

    4. Event day has arrived! Plan accordingly to have all items checked off your list and be ready to receive your guests at least one hour before your event start time. Don’t forget to reflect this on your timeline. Now that you have planned and prepared early, take the time to enjoy your guests.

    Are you entertaining this holiday season? What are you doing to prepare early?

    Photo credit: Kim Macon. Her full interview will be published here on December 19.

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      Entertaining 101: Let’s Get Started

      Posted on: November 20th, 2014

      Photography by Frolic Photography by Maryanne Wey

      The holidays are here which means it is entertainment season. During this time of the year, parties will be in full swing during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all days in between.

      Are you having a party? I want to share with you four steps to help jumpstart the planning process.

      1. Decide on your guest list and the date – If you are inviting people to your party other than family members, be mindful of inviting them on the actual holiday as people tend to reserve these dates for family and close friends. Finding a date that suits everyone may be difficult. It’s always good to err on the side of the majority.

      2. Determine your budget – A number of items can factor into determining your budget. Will you have the party at your house or rent a venue? Have you considered having a potluck instead of you providing all of the food? When it comes to decor, spruce up your current decor by adding a few holiday elements that can be used yearly.

      3. Theme – It’s not always necessary to have a theme. The particular holiday may be used as the theme which doesn’t require anything special from your guests. But if you desire, for Christmas, you may decide to have a White Elephant Exchange, the ugliest Christmas sweater contest or the best holiday jewelry. It’s important to remember, if you are having a theme party,  make sure it is indicated on your invitation.

      4. Invitations – Make sure to include a RSVP date to determine your actual guest count. If you prefer not to have children attend the party, Judene McCalla, an Invitation Designer from See You There Hand Crafted Invitations suggested adding “Adults Only”, “Adults Only Reception” or “Strictly No Children Please” on your invitation. It’s important to know your guest count so that you can properly prepare the correct amount of food, plates, flatware, etc.

      To learn more about Judene and her company, make sure you check back here on December 5. She is an excellent designer and last year was voted best invitation designer in Canada. She designed some save the dates and invitations for me and I’m still hearing about the elegance and the beauty of those products.

      In the meantime, be sure to check in on Tuesday as we will be talking about the preparation for entertaining. Are you entertaining this holiday season? If so, is it a theme party? I would love to hear your holiday plans.

      Photo credit: Frolic Photography by Maryanne Wey

       

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