Is it your turn to host a party this fall? Unsure on how to proceed? Then you have come to the right place. We’ll show you the best steps and tips to plan a fall party that will be the talk of the town. The first step begins with finalizing the guest list. This process should begin about a month out. How many people can your event place hold? How much food should you cook? Does it need to be self-serving or a dining experience? This is the time to figure out all these questions. You also need to begin planning your menu. Pick your favorite turkey or ham and then plan the side dishes. Consider family favorites, and go from there. Also, think of drink options and appetizers.
Three Weeks Prior
This is the time when you want to start gathering up your gear, creating a shopping list, ordering a turkey or ham, and shopping for drinks.
By this time, you should have a good idea of how many people are coming and what people’s food preferences are. Once you have all your recipes in order, create a shopping list for all the ingredients that you need and compare it to all the items that you currently have in your pantry. If you are cooking alone, be sure to pick easy, big-batch recipes.
Two Weeks Prior
Begin prepping your kitchen by cleaning out your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Having room and knowing where everything is will save you ample time. This is also a good time to make a few batches of pie dough and freeze them. Most pies can be made the day before the party. Be sure to place the dough in the refrigerator the night before to thaw them.
You can also pick a roll recipe during this time and freeze them until the morning of the party. Take them out of the freezer in the morning and let them defrost at room temperature.
Two weeks before is also the time that you want to focus on your theme. Think about the flowers that you want to order and any other décor that you want out.
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One Week Prior
This time is reserved for preparing a cooking schedule, freezing soup, plan ahead for leftovers, pickup up your turkey or ham, and get everything ready to go for your big day.