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Before a Party, Do You Prepare Everything in Advance?

When I host a dinner, barbecue, or any party for that matter, I like to do the majority of the work in advance. I'll marinate meat, prep vegetables, grate cheese, and spoon sauces into serving bowls, all before my guests arrive. I'm a firm believer in doing the bulk of the prepping and cooking beforehand for one simple reason: it makes the party more enjoyable! Instead of slaving over the stove, I can spend time with my guests. I know people have different entertaining styles, and I'm wondering, what's yours?

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hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 5 years
I prep, as much as I can, before guests arrive so I can spend time talking and enjoying myself and not hiding in the kitchen. And, I hate a dirty kitchen so I clean and load the dishwasher as I go. That way I'm not stucking cleaning all night after everyone leaves.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 5 years
yes everything i can i love to have everything preped so i can hangout with my guests
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
that..........and you know I can't help but clean as I go......in the genes!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
As long as taste and texture aren't adversely affected, I prep whatever I can. Some things-stews, chili, dips,dressings, sauces-taste better if made a day ahead of time.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I do as much as I can before the party, but I usually forget at least one thing.
sourcherries sourcherries 5 years
I try, but usually still end up in kitchen--which is fine, most people gravitate towards food anyways. :)
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 5 years
I too try to prep as much as possible beforehand so I can enjoy the party and not be too stressed out.
Food Food 5 years
As much as I can, for sure. Nothing worse than being stressed at your own party.
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