Thursday, May 5, 2011

A few party planning tips from the pig pen

Well Cinco de Mayo is almost over and we didn't do anything special at this pig pen.  It was life as normal, but perhaps that is because we are still recovering from Big Sissy's Big Day AKA First Communion.

I am by no means an expert, but a long time ago I did learn that presentation is everything and I do try to pull it all together when company is coming over especially for a special occasion.  That being said, I thought I would share a few of the ideas that worked really well for Big Sissy's party this past weekend. 

Although linen table cloths look very nice and have their place, it is hard to beat a nice quality plastic tablecloth especially when kids are involved.  Plus, they make clean up super easy.

For Big Sissy's party, we used silver tablecloths, plates, and silverware.  We then used pink and white polka dot napkins and pink cups.  To tie it all together, I found this ribbon at Hobby Lobby at 50% off.  We used it to run down the middle of our tables and to accent the mason jars we used for the silverware. 

Fresh flowers were a perfect way to finish off the tables.  We used white hydrangeas and pink sweetheart roses.

Now this next part may make you think I am completely crazy if you don't already think this, but I get it honestly.  My mom's middle sister, Aunt B, who we lost 8 1/2 years ago was the ultimate planner and would draw out a map of the tables for our high school graduation party so everyone knew exactly where each item went.  At the time, I laughed and her, but I now understand why she did it.

Now, I didn't draw a map, but I did get a piece of paper for each item that would need to sit on the counters.  I then used the paper to figure out and arrange how all the food and drinks would be displayed. 

This was extremely helpful as it helped me make sure the flow of traffic in my kitchen would work.  Additionally, it allowed me to clearly figure out which serving pieces I needed for each food item including the serving utensil.  As crazy as it may sound, this is what allowed me to keep my sanity in addition to my mom helping me every step of the way.

The last tip I will share is to plan accordingly.  Now I know this is easier said then done, but with the First Communion mass at 11am and the party at our house at 1pm, I really needed to have a menu that didn't require a bunch of hot food or last minute preparation.  Thankfully, I think we succeeded with this.

Our Menu
Cheeseball with Crackers
Colby Jack Cheese Cubes with Crackers
Chocolate Chip Dip with Graham Cracker Sticks
*Main Meal*
Pulled Pork
Potato Chips
Broccoli Salad
Jello Salad
Fruit Tray with Peanut B Dip
Veggie Tray with Dill Dip


1 comment:

  1. I also use the "paper notes"!!! We host Thanksgiving each year and I start out by setting the table and laying everything out the night before, complete with serving bowls and utensils - and labels! My SIL gave me grief the first time, but had it not been for the labels, I'd have found an unserved dish in the garage fridge more than once! :) Beautiful hydrangeas!


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