Hosting A Dinner Party- Menu #3

Here is the final menu for my Hosting A Dinner Party series. In case you haven’t been following along I have been sharing tips on how to host a dinner party. I gave you 3 tips and a printable PDF, tips for decorating on a budget, Menu #1, and Menu #2.Dinner Party Menu | Glitter It Gold

This meal is so easy, almost every part can either be made in advance or is put in a crock pot/ oven and then not touched for a few hours. And it looks and tastes fancy. I recommend you take the sirloin out of the oven just before it is done and cover in foil for 10 minutes to continue cooking while the oven tempt gets bumped up to 400F for the asparagus. Also, although the recipe for the asparagus says 15-20 minutes I always check after 12 minutes so they don’t overcook as I like my veggies on the crisp side. Serve the cake with fresh berries, you could also add in 1/2 tsp of instant coffee to really enhance the chocolate flavor, but that is optional.

 

Sirloin Tip Roast | BS' In The Kitchen
Sirloin Tip Roast | BS’ In The Kitchen
Wild Mushroom Gravy | Oh My Veggies
Wild Mushroom Gravy | Oh My Veggies
Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Asparagus | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Asparagus | Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes | Gimme Some Oven
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes | Gimme Some Oven
Balsamic Beet Salad with arugula, goat cheese, and walnuts | A Dish Of Daily Life
Balsamic Beet Salad with arugula, goat cheese, and walnuts | A Dish Of Daily Life
Evelyn Sharpe's Chocolate Cake | The Tart Tart
Evelyn Sharpe’s Chocolate Cake | The Tart Tart

The Day Before:

  • Make the cake (don’t sprinkle with powdered sugar until tomorrow)
  • Make the gravy, simply reheat it when you are ready (the flavors just get better over night)
  • Trim the sirloin, rub evenly with salt, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate

A Few Hours Before Dinner

  • Remove the sirloin from the fridge to come to room temp
  • Assemble the salad, leaving the dressing to be added just before serving
  • Start the potatoes (remember they take 4 hours, but once you get it all in the crock pot you’re practically done)
  • Wash and season the asparagus so it is ready to put in the oven

 

Hosting A Dinner Party- Menu #2

Last week I gave you 3 tips to hosting a dinner party, a printable party planning PDF, and the first of three full dinner menus with recipes and prep notes as a part of the How To Rock The Holidays On A Budget mini series I have been working on. Here is the second menu option.

Dinner Party Menu | Glitter It Gold
This one would work very well for Thanksgiving for someone who wants poultry but is intimidated by the idea of cooking and carving a full turkey or for a Friendsgiving dinner or secondary Thanksgiving party so no one gets burned out on eating the same meal over and over. It has juicy roasted chicken, potatoes, and green beans, but with a twist making it versatile enough for any occasion. My favorite part of this menu is the cake. If you make nothing else, make the cake. I have served it on many occasions and it is ALWAYS a hit. I top it with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. The best part is that it tastes even better the next day making this a fantastic make ahead option. (If you can keep your hands off of it that long).

Menu 2

Roasted Chicken and Herbs
Roasted Chicken and Herbs | Cake’n’Knife
Scalloped Potatoes | Gimme Some Oven
Scalloped Potatoes | Gimme Some Oven
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles | How Sweet Eats
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles | How Sweet Eats
Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts | Kalyn's Kitchen
Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts | Kalyn’s Kitchen
Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake | Brown Eyed Baker
Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake | Brown Eyed Baker

The Day Before:

  • Make the cake the day before, if you are serving with homemade whipped cream go ahead and make that too and refrigerate it.
  • Prep the potatoes up to just before baking, layer them in the baking dish and cover.
  • Prep the chicken (if you are breaking down a whole chicken do this in advance, if using chicken pieces that are pre-cut then skip this step). Mix together the liquid for baking the chicken and put in the fridge.
  • Make the salad dressing and refrigerate
  • Prep your green beans, wrap in bacon. Make the glaze in a separate container and refrigerate separately.

Just Before Dinner:

  • Slice up the fruit for the cake, cover and set aside
  • 1 hour before cooking take the potatoes out of the fridge and let them come to room temp.
  • Put the green beans on your baking sheet and brush with glaze.
  • Put chicken in baking dish and cover in white wine and herb mixture.

Bon Appetit!

Hosting A Dinner Party- 3 Tips And A Download

So you got volunteered to host this year’s holiday party. Before you go hide in the closet and drown yourself in tears worrying about how to get it all done without looking like a chicken running around with it’s head cut off;take a deep breath, and let me help you plan your menu. I LOVE entertaining, it’s easy for me, but I know that is not the case for many people. I am going to share a few things with you that I always do when hosting a dinner that will make your night much more enjoyable. Over the next few posts I will share fully planned menus with you. I even made you a printable (which took forever because it was my first time) to track everything- you can download it by clicking the link above image and then save the PDF that opens in a new tab. (You have no idea how long this took/how excited I am to share it with you- yay for small victories!)

3 Tips for Successful Dinner Party Hosting

  1. Plan ahead as much as possible, put it in writing
  2. Pre-make as much as possible in advance
  3. Have a wing man, and let them help you

Downloadable Party Planning PDF

Let's Have a Party- Party Planning Printable

Plan Ahead

Planning is so important. And from my experience the best way to execute a dinner party without any road bumps is to put your plan into writing, or even drawing. List out all the items you will have on the menu including beverages and desserts. Then make a grocery shopping list based on that list. Also think about what you will be serving each item on or in. I like to set up the table like I would on that night and in each dish put a post-it note with what is going in the dish. Put whatever serving utensil will be used in each dish so that you are not scrambling to find another serving utensil while people are standing in front of the potatoes waiting for you to get something to serve with before the food gets cold. If guests are bringing a dish always assume/plan that you will need to re-plate it and provide serving utensils for it. Put aside all the dishes and utensils you will want to use so they don’t get misplaced. If you are going to use disposable dinnerware and cups you will need to add those to your list. If you are not using disposable, make sure you have enough for all your guests plus a few extra- forks get dropped and glasses get left in odd places. I highly recommend setting out a way to mark cups/glasses right by the beverages.

When you have your whole plan laid out it relieves you from having to rely on your memory, immediately reducing your stress. Try to plan for as much as you can, even things like the centerpieces, beverage dispensers, ice buckets, trashcans and extra seating where people may tend to congregate can make it easier to enjoy the night. Planning ahead (especially the menu) will also allow you to save some money- use the weekly mailers from your local grocery store to help plan your menu utilizing items on special.

Prep

It’s important when hosting a party that you get to spend time enjoying your company and have fun too, not just cook and clean and worry about whether you just burned the dinner. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make as much as you can ahead of time. Many items can be made 1-3 days in advance and simply reheated in the oven before serving. This spreads out the work over a few days and keeps you from having to clean up so many dishes on the night of the party. And if you do accidentally mess anything up, no problem, you have time to re-do it or fix it. For each menu option I give I will also give you hints on what you can make ahead or how to prep to make cooking a breeze. Make sure you let anything that will be reheated come to room temperature before reheating so that the center will get warm without overcooking the edges or the top.

Have a wing man

Pick someone who is attending the dinner, it could be your husband, your BFF, or another guest who you know loves to entertain and let them in on your plans for the evening and show them where everything is. Ask them to be your backup in case you need help refilling the cheese plate or stack of napkins, or trying to complete the finishing touches on what seems like a million dishes of food. If you can have a few things that you already know you will need them to do, explain it to them in advance and your night will flow seamlessly. Even if they don’t do much, just knowing they have your back can be huge help in reducing your stress levels.

Check back on Friday for the first of 3 fully planned menus along with notes on how to prep and save some time and energy when preparing them.