All posts tagged: planning

Breaking Down the Backyard BBQ…for the host and guest in all of us

As we all gear up for a week filled with endless nights of backyard barbecuing. It can quickly become a bit overwhelming for both the host and guest alike. What do I bring? What do I need to prep? Fret not, here are a few things you can do to take the pressure off and have a good time. {As the Host} No. 1 Start planning your menu with three lists 1. The essentials needed (cups, napkins, plates, etc.) 2. What you plan on buying/serving (chips, drinks, etc.) 3. What you plan on making? I love the idea of the crawfish boil like the image above. No. 2 Set-up the space the day before and remember these four main elements. 1. Seating: do t be affairs to being the indoors out if you have limited seating options. If the weather is nice, create an outdoor living room using chairs, side tables, and ottomans from inside. 2. Lighting: If you don’ have outdoor lighting options consider investing in a few strands of bistro lights, paper lanterns, …

Dinner Plans?

Graduation season is upon us and, over the weekend, I had to say goodbye to one of my oldest and best friends as he graduates from law school and prepares to move back to California. His parents hosted a small dinner and the planner/control-freak side of me was on-duty to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves so they wouldn’t have to deal with all the “little things.” Here are my tips for planning a celebration dinner at a restaurant. Pick a place you have been to before and enjoy not only the food, but the service. Service makes such a difference when you have a big crowd and if they can’t get it right when you go on regular night, having a large crowd isn’t going to be any easier. What to do before: When making the reservation, go in-person. It is important to know who you are dealing with and that they understand your expectations for the evening. If you are having a large dinner, and guests are going to split the bill, I recommend …

“Cinco de mayo” planning checklist

I am using the same base outline as the “classic” cocktail set-up. Even though the party is on a Saturday, I still worked on a timeline of setting up the night before and having an hour before the party to pull it all together. A girl needs her beauty sleep. decide on a date and idea Cinco de Mayo, modern Mexican invitation Email Invite Sample Text: Join us for a margarita (or two, or more) My apartment 2:00pm (I left the end time open to keep it informal) menu Tortilla soup shots Homemade salsa Mini Chicken Tacos Churros Guacamole Tortilla chips bar Margarita bar: Classic lime margarita mix and a Mango Lemonade Margarita Various Mexican Beers Sparkling Water (as the weather warms up, be sure to always have a pitcher of water available) decor Tissue paper runners Carnations in bright colors timing I picked up a few things everyday after work to spread out my errand list. The party is in the afternoon, this allows for a lighter menu so friends can stop stop by …