Posted in hosting events, hosting tips, parties for large groups, tagged barbecue, bbq, bbq tips, Food, hostess, hosting, hosting events, hosting parties, labor day, labor day bbq, parties, parties for large groups, party tips, party tricks, picnic tips, picnic tricks on September 4, 2013 |
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I don’t know about y’all – but I actually managed to attend 4 different parties over Labor Day weekend – most of which were barbecues. Needless to say, it was a crazy jam-packed weekend, but it was a blast.
Sunday, Tory and I went to a party at Johanna’s. Honestly, I love throwing parties – and I know how to make to do lists – and I can entertain, but I’ve got nothing on this girl. (You can recap the tips and tricks post from a party I was at last year at her house.) That point can be proven by looking at her beer list.
First of all, there’s a list. Second of all, it’s sorted by location. Third of all, it’s then sorted by brewery. Fourth of all, there’s a count of how many are left.
She’s crazy and I love her. Not only that, but she married somebody who rocks the party hosting scene just as well as she does. The two of them make a great team.
I wanted to share with you three tips that I learned from her on Sunday.
BBQ Tips and Tricks
- If you want to buy a lot of different kinds of beer, but don’t want to be left a lot afterwards, split cases with someone – that way you can get two varieties for the same cheaper price of one case.
- If you have guests you will be there that are vegan or vegetarian or eat gluten free, label the food to make it easier for everyone. I saw the food-planning list ahead of time and it was based around each of these options.
- If people bring something, they usually bring desserts. If you have an option to make an extra entree/side dish or a dessert, choose the entree or side dish.
- Crock pot food is easy to cook, to transport, and to keep warm all day. I’m kind of jealous of her triple slow cooker. Not that I have a place to store it.
- JALAPENO POPPER DIP IS A MUST. It’s in CAPS. I feel that strongly about it. Honestly, check out this recipe. You will be everyone’s favorite person ever.
Did anybody learn any tricks at a barbecue this weekend?
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In case you missed any of the posts last weekend, you should go check them out:
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Posted in hosting events, introductions, tagged fun parties to throw, godspell, hosting events, hosting parties, inspiration, introductions, purses, saving confetti on June 22, 2012 |
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Boy am I excited about what I have in store for y’all next week. I’ve decided (by all of the power invested in me) that next week is hosting cool parties week on the blog. You’ll get to read about some of the fun parties and hosting tips that I’ve done along the way. Hopefully I inspire you to throw some cool parties of your own, and inspire me to start hosting them again (sometimes life gets in the way, huh?). Next week we will be talking about:
In the meantime, I wanted to share this fun fact with you. I saw Godspell last night on Broadway. Incredible. I would tell you all to go see it, but it closes on Sunday unfortunately. Literally, incredible cast, so inspiring – GREAT voices.
Anyway, they shot confetti out into the audience at one point and I picked some up and put it in my purse (just a few pieces). When I’m digging through my purse it reminds me of the good times I had and makse me smile. I also did this with a Cirque de Soleil’s Kooza.
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Out of all of the topics that I’ve been considering writing about – pretty much none of them have any correlation with the Super Bowl. I’ve never found myself to be much of a sports fan, so today’s not too much different. (And no, I’m not really a commercial-watching fan either, I mainly do Disney and Nickelodeon sitcoms – which a guy at church found pretty weird this morning. Anyway.) I know that this is a strange topic, but I heard a good idea recently and I just couldn’t pass up sharing this idea with you – and I’m sure you could find a way to tie this into a Super Bowl party. At work they were having a potluck contest to see who brought the best dish to the party. The NYC office came up with an awesome idea to figure out how to vote!
Instead of having people write down their votes, the host of the event had pre-made slips of paper next to each dish of food that had the food’s name on it. So the pasta would have strips of paper that said “pasta” next to it and the salad would have strips of paper that said “salad” next to it, etc, etc. After trying each of the foods, someone can easily go back through the food-line and take the slip of paper that corresponds with their favorite food and place it into the “voting basket”. At the end of the event, the hostess just needs to count the votes and it saves the hassle of finding pens and papers and remembering the names of things and finding out how things are spelled. Sure it’s a little bit more prep work, but at least nobody has to try to read anybody else’s handwriting…
I figured I’d all humor you. This is the last time I came close to even being considered sporty. This is my high school soccer team – picture from 10/30/2004. Wow. Over seven years ago.
Anyway, today’s CUPID numbers are I-41 and U-18.
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