Stocking your party closet decreases stress during crunch time!
Before gathering your party essentials, figure out how many guests with be showing up. Then, create a place where you can hold all of your party place settings. It your kitchen pantry is full, try using an armoire, a guest room closet, or an enclosed space in your garage.
Provide easy care fabrics for your napkins: Use paper cocktail napkins before the meal and then substitute easily cleaned linen napkins for the actual dinner.
Select a generous amount of serving containers: Plan ahead which serving platters will be used for what dish. Be creative with colors and patterns. Keep in mind a classic white plate can be accented with a bright colored bowl.
Use baskets along with serving platters: Baskets can be used to serve breads, crackers, and cookies.
Search for hurricane lanterns and candleholders for evening dining: Purchase extra boxes of votive candles to have on hand, as well as kitchen matches. Remember to keep candles at a comfortable room temperature.
Keep centerpieces at a height: This allows for good eye contact among your guests. Tall arrangements are better for buffets rather than the diningroom table
Grouping of Candles: A group of elegant candles can be used as a centerpiece to substitute flowers, as well as a festive bowl of fruit.