7 Steps to a Party

December 29th, 2008 by Jane

In the mood for a party, but feeling daunted by the work involved in planning it? The simple ideas below will allow you to throw a party in seven steps start to finish with one trip to the grocery store.   Recipe suggestions feed 4-6 people but are easily multiplied for a crowd. Now you can be the host with the most and still have enough pep to enjoy your own party!

1. Appetizer
Purchase a package of cream cheese and jarred pesto (basil, sun-dried tomato, artichoke-any flavor will do.) Allow cream cheese to soften, stir in a few tablespoons of pesto, arrange on a platter with high quality crackers and olives.

2. Entrée
Purchase a rotisserie chicken, some fresh fettuccini, a can of cannellini beans, a few lemons, a wedge of Parmesan cheese, a bunch of parsley or arugula and some garlic. Cook and drain the pasta. Stir in the chopped chicken, the rinsed beans, a little minced garlic, and two generous handfuls of arugula.  Add some grated cheese and a few squeezes of lemon and give it one more stir. Salt and pepper to taste.  Voila!

3. Side Dish
Purchase bagged baby salad greens, a ripe pear, toasted or candied nuts, a log of goat cheese, and some bottled balsamic dressing.  Peel and slice the pear, crumble the goat cheese and toss all together.

4. Dessert
Purchase high quality vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate fudge sauce.  Mix a tablespoon of Khalua or brewed espresso into the fudge sauce. Top with leftover chopped nuts. Put on a pot of coffee.

5. Wine
For perfect wine pairings for this or any meal visit this great site. You’ll look like a wine expert!

6. Centerpiece
Purchase extra lemons and pile in bowls.  Place a few Gerbera daisies in floral tubes and tuck in between the lemons.  Or mix the daisies with roses for a lovely and fragrant display. Light some candles.

7. Music
Download some music for ambience. 

You’re done! Wasn’t that easy? Enjoy.

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