It is officially summer. One of our favorite things to do is to host parties throughout the hot summer months. What I don’t love is standing in the kitchen feeling like I’m constantly keeping tabs on the party. No hostess likes that. I like to plan ahead and pre-party prep so that I can spend as much quality time with my friends and family as possible. I’ve put together five of my favorite tips that you can use when you plan your next party.
We all know there will be pie, cake, and more at your events. You can’t forget to go ala mode! The last thing you want to do is be up to your elbows in sticky ice cream serving your guests. A couple of hours before the party, set your favorite EDY’S® Ice Cream on the counter to soften, and make individual scoops into cupcake liners. Then toss them back in the freezer until it’s time to serve. Then there is no mess to clean up. You could even add one of the frozen scoops to the top of a waffle cone for an easy sweet treat.
Thinking about all the fun flavor choices that EDY’S Ice Cream has to offer, the possibilities are endless. We especially love the Nestlé Butterfinger® Peanut Butter Cups and Baby Ruth® varieties. I love to offer a variety of options to my guests and most of the time they chose both! I feel confident serving EDY’S Ice Cream because it is proudly made with fresh milk & cream with no rBST (milk production hormone) and no artificial colors or flavor.
I am a big fan the gallon sized resealable bag. One of the big time savers before a party is prepping all of my items for a veggie tray. There is one at every party we throw. I also make sure I have extra bags of all the items in the refrigerator for easy restocking throughout the party. Think about easy options like baby carrots or sliced cucumbers. Go even easier with a jar of olives or sweet pickles. Those are always a crowd pleaser. You could do the same thing for fruit trays as well. Sliced watermelon is also a great option to have at your hot summer parties. The less you have to do to keep your food platters, the better.
Thinking of grilling veggies? No problem! Chop your veggies and marinade them in your resealable bag. No need for washing any dishes and just toss the dirty bag away! We love to do this with zucchini and squash. Quite the crowd pleaser!
If you’re like me, you always have way too much food at the end of a party and that means leftovers! I like to take help from the store and pick up take and toss containers. That way if I’ve made way too much food, I’m sending it home with guests. Don’t have those? A resealable bag is always a great choice too. Always plan for leftovers in your refrigerator. Maybe a day or so before the party do a quick clean out to make room. No one likes to try to cram everything into the fridge at the end of the night when you just want to go to bed.