I had a garden project the morning of my Supper Club Party that took more time than I thought, therefore leaving me with very little time to get my act together for this party. Oh and look at the time. My guests were to arrive by 6:30 pm. Thank goodness I had my grocery shopping done! Here is how I did it…
1. Set your table first and foremost. If your dinner falls apart while cooking at least you have a lovely table setting on which to eat Pizza Delivery. Use what you have at home to decorate your table. I found old blue tiles in the garage that matched the blue and yellow theme. I did purchase some Sunflowers but I could have easily used some blooms from my garden. Pretty paper napkins can also add color to a drab table setting.
2. Enlist the help of others. Himself was a huge help to me by running out for ice and depleted ingredients, setting up the bar, and cleaning up the house. Plus he made for a very handsome Sam and can sing better than Pierce Brosnan anyday. My brother and I have assisted each other for party prep in the past as well. This makes for a more relaxing time. Beat to quarters, all hands on deck I say.
3. Cut Corners. Go to plan B, 86 your original plan, compromise, think fast or whatever you want to call a change-up. For example, Kataifi is supposed to be rolled bundles of the shredded phyllo dough stuffed with the nut mixture, but in my lack of time I had to go to plan B; layer the Kataifi dough. I took the entire package of Kataifi and placed in it in a bowl and poured the 1/2 pound of melted butter over it, tossed well to coat, and placed half in my baking dish. Topped that layer with the nut mixture then covered the nuts with the remaining half of the Kataifi dough. This was very quick and easy and gave me extra time to get that blue eye shadow on my eyes. Kataifi can be hard to find but I was able to obtain some from an Iranian Market called Assal. That name does make me chuckle.
Try to remember that entertaining is about the guests, not the cleanliness of your home, the perfection of your food or table setting, nor your outfit-it helps but should not be the main focus. As long as your guests are comfortable, well fed, and entertained with good company and outlandish tales, you will be ensured to have a successful time.