Planning & Execution: A Fall Luncheon in Rhode Island
Remember this menu? Well, planning pays off. Instead of being tired by the time our guests showed up on Sunday, PB and I were energized and excited. Why? …Keep reading.
The luncheon was a success!
Fresh figs, courtesy of my dad:
Cucumbers, peppers, wheat pita, hummus, and lebneh = heaven:
A slice of baked brie:
PB and my new little cousin!!!!
To me the key to hosting a successful party/luncheon/dinner/tea etc. is to PLAN. Planning is a key factor in any successful event. By planning the menu, planning the grocery list, and planning the actual execution list, I was never overwhelmed or overtired.
Let me take you through the weekend’s preparations..
Friday I went to the grocery store and bought everything that would not go bad. Then I set to work peeling and chopping the vegetables for the Roasted Vegetables on the menu. Often times the peeling, cleaning, and chopping of the vegetables takes the longest time. Then I actually roasted them, as I knew they would taste even better when heated up on Sunday.
Saturday I cleaned and chopped the raw vegetables for part of the appetizers (the cucumbers and peppers):
Then did the same with the mushrooms and onions for the mushroom risotto:
Last, I set the table and planned where each item would go and in what dish. That might seem like a lot of work, but it really helps to not only make a beautiful tablescape but to be able to enjoy my time with our guests instead of rushing around to look for a serving platter or looking for room on the table:
Aren’t the roses we bought for the luncheon just gorgeous?! I can’t help but share a few of the photos…
By Sunday morning we only had a few tasks left. After church my dad and PB picked up the fruit tarts and chickens and when all the guests arrived my auntie D and I made the mushroom risotto. And then lunch was served! It was a great afternoon spent with those we love.
With a little planning and a little prep, all parties can be easy and fun for even the hostess.
I look forward to sharing my next hostessing event with you: the post-race party after the Philly Half Marathon on November 22! Our fellow runners, friends and family will begin coming over around 10:30 AM, but will likely stay all afternoon. Feel free to share any menu ideas!
And last, have some exciting news to share tomorrow…. Want to take a wild guess about what it is?!