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‘Tis the Season
December 13, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

This year instead of fretting about every last detail for your holiday party, put the focus on enjoying time with your friends and family by hosting a potluck party. Don't worry if everyone is not a top chef, non-cooks can bring beverages. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to make sure your party is filled with plenty of jolly and holiday cheer.

Expect to supply these items, but feel free to ask guests if you need to fill in any missing pieces:

  • Serving pieces—platters for buffet and family-style arrangement of food
  • Dishes, glasses, stemware, mugs for brunch parties
  • Utensils—for both serving and for guests to use
  • Napkins, preferably cloth ones and mix & match add a homey touch

For brunch parties, let guests choose from the following dishes, and be mindful if you’re inviting vegetarians or friends with any food allergies:

  • Quiches, breakfast casseroles, bread puddings
  • Muffins, scones, coffeecakes
  • Roasted potatoes or latkes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Orange juice (add champagne to your shopping list for mimosas)
  • Juice boxes if kids will be at the party

For a dinner soiree, have the oven pre-heated to warm any hot side dishes as necessary. These dishes work great for buffet service:

  • Assorted dips with fresh-cut vegetables and sliced baguette
  • Cheese platter with dried fruit & nuts
  • Grilled flank steak or roast tenderloin—ask someone to bring caramelized onions or sautéed mushrooms to finish the dish
  • Assorted grain sides—pasta, couscous or rice
  • Salad—can be as simple as baby spinach with sliced pears, goat cheese & vinaigrette

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