“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Planning and preparing a dinner party is a time commitment. Save yourself the scrambling by food prepping before your big event! Use the following tips to guide you to a successful party meal with plenty of planning.

Decide on the Menu Well in Advance
Consider the complexity of your desired menu when compared to the time you have to prepare the day of, in addition to the complexity of the ingredients. Confirm your menu selections with your attendees to ensure that there are no dietary or allergy restrictions that may interfere with the meal. Once you have decided on the menu items, you’ll have plenty of time to collect recipes or even go through a trial run to ensure a smooth final process.

Go Grocery Shopping at Least a Week Before
Once you’ve decided on the menu items, take a look at the ingredients you already have on hand, plus take stock of how many cooking utensils (pots and pans, baking dishes) you will need. Then make a shopping list of ingredients needed. Once you’ve purchased your stockpile, organize the ingredients and baking utensils together by dish in your home. This will help you visually conceptualize if you are missing anything important prior to cook time. Shopping a week in advance will save you any last minute trips to the store the day of.

Make Food in Batches
The easiest way to prepare large amounts of food at home is by cooking in stages. Start prepping the dishes that freeze or refrigerate well throughout the week leading up to the event. Most side dishes (like casseroles) can be prepped and stored in the refrigerator or freezer for a couple days before heating right before the event. Other items such as the main course, bread or fresh vegetables are best prepared right before the event.

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