Parties

5 Ways to Get Party Guests Out of the Kitchen — Ready for Company

No matter how small your kitchen happens to be, people always end up hanging out in there during parties. Bummer, right? It leaves you wondering if you should have skipped cleaning every other room of your house and just focused on cooking the food instead.

The problem, of course, is that it can become a logistical issue for you if you're trying to get stuff done and people are all sorts of in the way. Here's how to give your well-meaning guests the boot.

READ MORE »

The Best (and Cheapest) Way to Keep Track of Drinks at a Cocktail Party — Birthday Cocktail Party

Whenever my mom sets up for a party, she always leaves a Sharpie marker next to a stack of plastic cups and the ice bucket. "This way, people can write their names on their cups," she'd tell me when I was a kid, as if I hadn't seen her do it a million times. Or as if she didn't make me and my brother put our names on our cups even when we weren't entertaining.

I used to hate it! Mostly because I thought it looked kinda cheesy. (But also because my handwriting was terrible and it almost always looked like I was drinking out of Hisa's cup. What? Fancy Ls are hard!)

Now I totally understand the need for a drink marker system, but I've found a better way.

READ MORE »

The Last-Minute, Gluten-Free, No-Bake Dessert That You’ll Bring to Every Party — 10-Minute, 10-Dollar Desserts

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

Never know what to bring to that party your ex-whatever is throwing? Need to impress your sweet-yet-sour mother-in-law? Totally forgot your kid needs a dessert for the school bake sale? Completely out of time but not trying to show up empty-handed to that event? This dessert takes only four ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble — and it'll only cost you $10.

READ MORE »

The Last-Minute, Gluten-Free, No-Bake Dessert That You’ll Bring to Every Party — 10-Minute, 10-Dollar Desserts

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

Never know what to bring to that party your ex-whatever is throwing? Need to impress your sweet-yet-sour mother-in-law? Totally forgot your kid needs a dessert for the school bake sale? Completely out of time but not trying to show up empty-handed to that event? This dessert takes only four ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble — and it'll only cost you $10.

READ MORE »

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Planning a Surprise Party — Birthday of the Month

So you wanna throw a surprise party? You're a good friend! You'll be an even better friend if you ask yourself these key questions before you get in over your head.

READ MORE »

How To Make a Whole Pitcher of Mint Juleps — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Do you love a mint julep as much as I do? This classic cocktail always seems to have the right amount of minty sweetness, just enough fizz, and a strong bourbon flavor. It's a near-perfect sip on a hot porch in summertime.

The only trouble is, mixing individual juleps is cumbersome when you're hosting more than four guests. That's where mint juleps by the pitcher comes in.

Pitcher cocktails are a host's BFF, allowing guests to help themselves after the first welcoming pour. We've included a mint simple syrup here too, which, while not traditional for julep purists, adds a helpful make-ahead element for the busy home cook.

READ MORE »

Powered by WordPress All Content Copyright © chadjohannesen.com My Perspective, Tips, Advice, and Things I Find Interesting
Theme created with SpiderWeb Press™.