Effortless entertaining

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Real Estate Broker Owner 01293735 CA

Throwing a fabulous holiday party can be a snap when you take a simple approach and utilize some proper planning for serving food and drinks.

1. Food planning is as simple as doing the math. For cocktail parties with heavy hors d'oeuvres, plan 8-10 different items and 10 items per person. You will need one person passing food for each 25 guests. If you plan a buffet, you can hire one person to keep the buffet filled and flowing for each 50 people.

2. When it comes to drinks, your best bet is to stick with beer and wine. You may be able to skip a bartender altogether and you do not have to worry about ice. Buy high quality screw top wines. Plan on each guest having 2 drinks in the 1st hour and 1 drink per hour after the 1st hour. Wine is usually 70-80% of the drinks poured so buy less beer than wine.

3. Keep things simple and you will be able to relax and enjoy your party with the guests. Your guests will surely appreciate this more than food and the drinks.

Happy Holidays!

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 LORI BOWERS

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The Lori Bowers Group

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La Quinta, Palm Desert, Indio, Rancho Mirage, Coachella , Indian Wells and the surrounding Palm Springs Area.

78120 Calle Estado Suite 103

Old Town La Quinta

La Quinta, CA 92253

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Michael A. Caruso
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This sure is helpful when we are all running around like crazy people during the holidays. Have a good one.

December 13, 2010 02:21 PM
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I went to a couple of parties this weekend and although they were different people, homes and neighborhoods they both shared what you have laid out above.  Beer and wine is what most people drank, but it was also possible to make your own drink as the bar was left open.  The casual and simple nature was very nice.

December 13, 2010 04:37 PM
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Tina Droessler
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These tips are from a real pro, you are great at entertaining and I'm sad I'm going to miss your holiday party this year.

December 13, 2010 07:30 PM
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Will Nesbitt
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Great tips for the home held parties this holiday! You must be the expert when it comes to hosting a party.

December 14, 2010 06:07 AM
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MeLisa Minter
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I love these tips.  They are spot on.

I didn't get to do a Christmas Party this year, but I am hosting Christmas again at my home.  My family loves Christmas in the Country.  They look forward to food, gift exchanges, and warm fire by the fire pit.

 

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