A shower event, a prom party, a graduation, a farewell or just a friendly get-together demands lots of good food. Follow this make-ahead menu planned for 20 people, and you'll be able to enjoy the party, too!
That Special Someone
- For a special loved one who is moving or for a celebrated individual, place a photo in a 6-inch or wider mat. Have party attendees autograph the mat and send well wishes. After the party, frame the matted photo for a lifetime keepsake.
- Place disposable cameras about the party scene. Guests can capture the moments for you to later compile in a memory book for the star of the party.
- Request guests bring a written memory of the honored individual to be shared with everyone at a planned time. This can replace gifts.
Serve with Style
- Buffet service frees the host. Consider using several small tables for a cozier feel. Group desserts on one table, beverages on another.
- Hire high school or college students to serve appetizers for a special touch, or just have them replenish the tables and free yourself to mingle.
- Choose a color scheme that fits your party. Check out party stores for paper supplies or linen outlets for less-expensive table linens. Buy inexpensive rubber stamps, and stamp linens or paper if you can't find ready-made themed ware.
- Scatter candles throughout the party area, or string fun lights to match the decor.
- Make a flag to hang outside your home to represent the event. Use colored felts and a wooden dowel found at craft stores.