Three Tips for Getting Your Pad Party Ready

We give you three simple rules for making your pad ready for any party.

Rule No.1: Dish it out

Have a variety of plates, serving platters and bowls of the same pattern or color scheme. (We love basic white.) We keep 24 simple dinner plates on hand and 60 tapas-sized dishes for buffets and cocktail parties, plus a collection of serving pieces in different shapes and proportions. Whether it’s a handful of nuts, a crown roast of lamb, or anything in between, we are never stumped for a serving vessel.

Rule No.2: The Future is Not in Plastics

There is no excuse to use plastic cups for people over the age of 6. We have multiple sets of both crystal and glass on hand. For a large group, inexpensive stemmed wine glasses lend elegance to even backyard barbecues. You don’t have to switch out glasses for every wine, but a good place to start is by offering Chardonnay glasses for whites and Cabernet Sauvignon glasses for reds. You can add Pinot Noir glasses, Champagne flutes as well as martini and highball glasses as your collection grows.

Rule No.3: Be Detail Oriented

Cloth napkins add sophistication to any affair, and if you’re not into ironing (is anyone?), napkin rings hide a multitude of wrinkly sins. A set of black and a set of white will take you through the years. That said, go ahead and use colorful paper cocktail napkins if you’re sticking to drinks and snacks. We’re all about keeping it real, and that extends to flatware. Stainless cake forks are perfect for tapas parties, and if meat is on the menu, make sure your knives have teeth.

Published on February 6, 2013
Topics: Entertaining, Hosting Guide
About the Author
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net



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