game day

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on June 29, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten
The big day finally arrives. The house is clean, tables set, music laid out, serving dishes in their place, bar is stocked, nametags printed. The freezer and frig hold all the components for tonight’s dinner for twenty. The beauty of this meal is that it is served room temp. Meaning
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post this- the night before

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Soups, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on June 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
One of the many gifts my mom gave me was showing me the importance of putting everything in its place. There is an air of elegance if everything is exactly where it is supposed to be. For a large party you’ll strike gold if you set out your serving pieces
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nibbles and nuts- one day and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Poultry, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on June 19, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
While passed hors d’oeuvres are best for a crowd, it’s prudent to have a few bites purposely positioned during cocktail hour. Strategically place a crisp crudités alongside a light herb mayonnaise. And nothing beats a savory nut alongside a creamy olive. The beauty all can be made a day ahead.
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soup’s on- two days and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Dinner Party, Posted on June 14, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
A super way to transition from cocktails to dinner- pass soup to your guests in small cups. For my party for twenty I’m serving a cold curried zucchini soup. I was going to use pretty decorative paper cups that I could toss away but because so many in attendance will
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in the bag- one week and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner Party, Posted on June 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Entering the homestretch for the big party. Time to make sure the glassware is spot-free (an easy task if care was taken washing and storing it the time before). Check to see if any of the silver needs to be polished. Make sure the linens are clean, pressed and ready
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key component- ten days and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on June 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
When entertaining a crowd it's best to get your “bookends” out of the way. Nothing beats an appetizer or dessert that can be safely stashed in the deep freeze. Because these pretty key lime tarts must be frozen, they are the perfect finish to my dinner for twenty. While impressive
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