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.