Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Do fondue: What dinner party could be more simple? Love It!

I have suggested a fondue dinner party idea in the past so thought I'd do so again after I spotted this great article. This sure caught my eye:

"What dinner party could be more simple? Your guests do the cooking, so you can relax and enjoy your own party. If you limit the menu to cheese and chocolate fondue, you can skip the expensive entree. Just add a fresh green salad, a few bottles of wine and coffee and you’re set."

Included in the article is:
  • the recipe for Bourbon Bacon Cheddar Fondue
  • some great fondue tips
  • a few fondue party tips
Remember to remind your guests from the outset that there's no double-dipping.

These dinner parties really are great fun! | Food | Do fondue: What dinner party could be more simple?
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Thought of Throwing a Green Dinner Party?

This is a great article which provides green tips for throwing a great dinner party and it even has the recipes Katie Lee Joel prepared. I like the way the whole evening was dedicated to Mother Earth.

"By using sustainable, local or organic ingredients, your "footprint" on the earth is much smaller, she notes."

You can also read Katie's great tips on how she dressed her table. Here's just one her great tips:

"Placemats made out of recycled brown craft paper. The leftovers from the roll can be saved for gift wrapping. It's very inexpensive and look great on a rustic table."

Read the whole article here:
Throw A Green Dinner Party! - CBS News
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Twitter Dinner Party Idea

I've heard about a few parties taking place via Twitter lately.

There was a birthday party that took place with Twit-vites and all..

Then I read an article by Jeff Houck who spoke to @DolceDebbie about her Twitter dinner party where they actually meet in person and used their Twitter names during dinner..

"As the 12 guests arrive, they introduce themselves first by their Twitter names. Although they have talked online, some for many months, it is a room full of familiar strangers meeting face-to-face for the first time."

Source - Tampa Tribune

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Formal Dinner Parties - How

I really enjoyed this article by Chester Francis-Jackson in the Jamaica Gleaner News..

A lot of fear is associated to the word "formal" dinner party these days but with Chester's tips you'll feel so much more confdent.

For instance, it's great to get advice from an expert about just how much you should fill a glass (stemware)..

"The history of stemware is as old as the art of wine-drinking itself, if not older. For the purposes of this article, we have condensed samples as well as their recommended usage for you.

  • Water goblet, fill almost to top.
  • Red wine goblet 1/2 full.
  • Red wine, balloon-shaped glass, served a third to 1/2 full.
  • White wine glass, served 1/2 full.
  • White Rhine wine goblet 4-6 oz, 3/4-inch deep.
  • Brandy snifter, served a 1/4 or a finger full.

  • Flute champagne glass, served 3/4 full.
  • Saucer-shaped champagne glass (now almost extinct), served full.

  • Martini or cocktail glass 4-6 oz, served almost to top.

  • Sherry, port, Madeira wine glass, served 3/4 full.
  • Cordial or liqueur glasses, served 1/2 to 3/4 full."

  • And, you can even make certain  that you are holding the stemware in the correct fashion..

    "Generally, the accepted way of correctly holding a wine glass is to hold it by the stem, near the bowl. The common practice of grasping the bowl, for red or white, is incorrect and should be avoided, especially for whites as by holding the bowl, your body temperature serves to actually heat the chilled wine. With reds, however, holding the bottom part of the bowl, where it intersects with the stem, is considered acceptable."

    But you can get even more tips - on table manners..
    Jamaica Gleaner News - Knowing your stemware - Outlook - Sunday | April 5, 2009
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