Party Like A Pro


Wondering how many bottles of wine you'll need for a party of ten? Looking to introduce a few new twist to your traditional turkey? Or maybe, you are revving up for some revelry wondering if you should serve profiteroles or popovers.

Capture the true magic of the holiday season with these clever tricks and tips to ensures that your guests will enjoy, dinner will be delightful, and you will be a bit more relaxed from start to finish.

  • A holiday party is nothing if not spirited, set the mood from the start with the right music and a festive signature arrangement full of lilies and evergreens, magnolia, or boxwood.
  • As your guests trickle in, if you have a few last minute items in the kitchen to tend to, which you always do, let the bar beckon. This gives arriving guests a clear destination and allows you to scurry back to the kitchen as needed.  Stock the bar generously not only with wine and spirits but also ice, glassware bottle opener, garnishes so no one has to comes looking.
  • Run the numbers on wine ahead of time. You can figure roughly three drinks per person over a the course of an evening. Keep in mind that there are just more than four glasses of wine in each bottle, and do the math from there. For that party of ten, have at least eight bottles ready to go.
  • Appetizers and platters are the perfect prop for socializing, place larger grilled vegetable and antipasti platters in bigger spaces like the living room, and keep kitchen stocked with smaller compact hand-held appetizers like Crispy Serrano Shrimp Skewers, this will allow you to have a bit of work space if needed.
  • This time of year guests are looking for the classics, but this does not mean you have to stick to turkey and ham for the next month, add something a bit unexpected like Porchetta, a traditional Italian specialty or maybe a Roasted Leg of Lamb.
  • As the evening winds down, let your sweet tooth lead the way. Setting dessert and coffee in a different space allows guest to stretch their legs and switch up the conversation. For a more casual event macarons or hand-decorated cookies are a perfect treat, or for a more formal night, a slice of Pear and Crystallized Ginger pie is a great night cap when paired with Pianello Prosecco.
  • Lastly, enjoy your company instead of worrying about the dishes. Take a moment and celebrate those around you, it will make your guests feel more relaxed and allows you to be a true host or hostess.
Now wave your magic wand and make some holiday magic of your own.
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2 Comment(s):

Mary Ward wrote on 2/5/2014 9:11:59 AM

I lived in Ft. Worth years ago (2007 & 2008). Most fab supermarket ever. I learned so much about food from different countries just checking out what a wonderful selection of just about everything, wine, excellant seafood, beef, lamb. The only bad thing is I still compare every supermarket I go to against Central Market. Have found nothing to really compare it to. Never found another like the one in Ft. Worth, not even in Dallas or Austin. It one of my frist stops when I am in the area. I live in Springfield, MO so it is a little of a drive. See you soon! Mary Ward

robert wrote on 12/6/2013 9:26:58 AM

This is one of favorite places in Dallas...awesome store

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