PARTY PLAN­NING

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - Feast -

It pays to plan ahead where par­ties are con­cerned! Not only do you guar­an­tee a suc­cess­ful evening, you’ll be able to have fun with your loved ones, in­stead of spend­ing the night slav­ing away over a hot stove. Stave away the food-re­lated melt­downs and prep, prep, prep!

“If you plan your cook­ing, you’ll be re­laxed and in con­trol of the kitchen,” Sarah says. “My rules for a suc­cess­ful din­ner party al­ways ap­ply, so you want to make sure your cook­ing is evenly spread out over time and over the kitchen.” The rec­om­mended sched­ule in­cludes mak­ing dessert the day be­fore, and prep­ping a salad so it’s ready to go in the fridge. Sarah also likes the idea of a pre-cooked stew, slow sim­mered in the oven ahead of time. “Leave the stove clear for last minute saute­ing or gravy re­heat­ing. Most im­por­tantly, make sure to be out there, talk­ing to your loved ones, rather than be­ing stuck in the kitchen!”

Martin like­wise agrees, and it’s hard to deny his logic. “You don’t want to do any­thing too last minute,” He says. “You will be so stressed out that you won’t en­joy the party!” In the Yan house­hold, guests from neigh­bours to friends to col­leagues make an ap­pear­ance at Christ­mas. “To ac­co­mo­date this num­ber of peo­ple, I usu­ally plan the menu ahead of time, and even have spe­cial door gifts for each of our guests. Christ­mas par­ties with­out gifts are not true Christ­mas par­ties.”

Food aside, both Martin and Sarah are ar­dent fans of Christ­mas lights.

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