...tips on throwing a last-minute dinner party!
IT STARTS with a phone call from a friend to say Merry Christmas and, before you know it, you’re offering to throw a dinner party for six that evening.
Sheffield’s own Coco Catering has some tips on being the hostess with the mostest:
n Keep mains simple, something you’ve made many times and can pull together with minimal stress.
n Buy from local butchers or fishmongers who will be able to prepare things in store for you and offer advice.
n Get your other half mixing cocktails as guests arrive, for an elegant, warm welcome that will make you appear in control.
n Pick up seasonal napkins for the table - inexpensive but a great party mood setter. Flowers in the centre and simple tealight candles will really sell your table too. It’s the little things that make a big difference.
n Keep the starter simple, such as a lovely warm soup or bread with seasonal pates, so you don’t have your hands full cooking lots of dishes.
n Chocolate truffles are a lovely way to finish a meal, or shortbread biscuits, served with tea and coffee.
Tomorrow’s tip: parlour games to entertain the family this Christmas!