Beef Up Your Holiday Party
Party Planner Extraordinaire with Tips That Are Sure to Please
Tis the season to party and for many a host that means all the anxiety and headaches that go along with throwing one. For stress-free holiday entertaining, its imperative that you start with a plan. People remember the food, the dcor and the music above all else. Keep the menu simple but opt for impressive dishes that add extra flair like a succulent beef roast with a cranberry relish.
A lot of home chefs are intimidated by cooking a roast, but its easier than you think. Select a cut with abundant marbling, those little flecks of white within the red meat that give it a classic beef flavor, and look for the Certified Angus Beef brand on the label. Write a timetable for recipes that can be made well ahead, the day before or last minute so your party will go without a hitch.
For decorations that pop and are modern, instead of the classic bright green and red, think fresh contemporary with fuchsia and apple green, or classically elegant with burgundy and hunter green. Using your color scheme, create a simple centerpiece of holiday ornaments nestled in greenery down the center of the table. Small favor boxes filled with foil-wrapped chocolates at each persons place makes a sweet memento for family and friends.
Amy Tobin, party planning expert, is available to share her top tips for throwing an unforgettable holiday party of any size, from intimate sit-down dinners to a huge crowd. She can discuss how to make your party stand out by adding surprising non-traditional touches to foods and decorations. Amy can also walk you through a three-day, stress-free countdown to hosting your soiree.
Amy Tobin is a food and lifestyle consultant and media personality whose expertise ranges from recipe creation to organizing 100-person parties. She has renovated a turn-of-the-century Victorian, operated an interior design business, owned a culinary school, wrote magazine columns, hosted television and radio programs and raised two children. Her cookbook, Amys Table: Food for Family and Friends, was published in 2007 and benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Amy hosts a weekly radio show Amys Table: A Guide to Living on Q102 FM (101.9) and shares weekly lifestyle tips in over 170 radio markets each week. She is the lifestyle expert on the weekly TV show, HomeWoRx with Gary Sullivan, and is also the Culinary Director of EQ at the Party Source, a popular cooking school in Northern Kentucky.
For more information: www.amystable.com or www.certifiedangusbeef.com
This interview is produced for: the Certified Angus Beef brand