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June 21, 2016
5 Easy Plan Ahead Tips for a Stress Free Party
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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.
1) Get To Scoopin’ EarlyWe 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.
2) Less Mess – Baggie Style
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!
3) Cover Your Cutlery Bases
Ever been to a party where you have to ask where the napkins or extra forks are? Don’t be that party. Ahead of time, take 3 glass jars and label them for your cutlery. A chalkboard sticker would be darling for these too. This is a great DIY to keep in your pantry. Pull them out for parties and put them away when you don’t need them. I always purchase an industrial box of cutlery so that I can just refill when my containers are looking low during the party. Another easy tip is to use paper plates and napkins. It’s not taboo and totally acceptable to use paper! Easy clean up, too! Always plan for 2 plates per person (hello, second helpings) and 3 napkins. I always keep an assortment of these on hand because you never know when a friend is bring over cake, too!
4) Plan Your Jams
Take 15-20 minutes and plan out your party playlist or even easier, just turn on one of your favorite free online radio stations and stream it to a Bluetooth speaker for outside play. Think about your audience – remember language for small kids or even toss a few kid songs in for fun! Bonus, if you’re having a holiday party like 4th of July or Christmas, save the playlist and just update it for the next year. I sometimes pass this duty off to my husband because we are definitely opposites when it comes to music!
5) Leftover Game Plan
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.
I find all of my favorite party items like EDY’S Ice Cream at Walmart. I love that every thing is a one stop shop that gives me more time to spend with my friends and family celebrating and having fun. You can find EDY’S Ice Cream in the freezer section in your local Walmart. Seriously, so many options! There may be demos in your area during the month of June. Check the list to see if there is one in your area!
So there you have it, five tips to help make your next summer party a success. With the help of simple planning and EDY’S Ice Cream it’s sure to be a good time!
Tell me, do you have any tips that you use to make sure you get to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family?