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Successful Entertaining

Buffets - For entertaining today, the buffet is the choice for the busy host/hostess. Advance preparation of food, serving ease and cleanup make this a good choice for large or small parties.

Foods - An easy to eat main dish, one or two vegetables, a salad, bread, dessert and coffee or tea. See Table Settings for arrangement of service.

Formal Dinners - If you are having more than six people for a formal dinner, place cards should be used for seating. Alternate seating with a male and then a female.

Foods - Advance food preparation is a must with only garnishes and minor details to wait until serving time. Appetizers and soups are served on the charger plates and then removed before the main course. See Table Settings for arrangement of service.

Tea Party - An afternoon tea party is a delightful way to entertain friends. It can be served in a formal or informal location, in the garden, by the pool or by the fireplace. A telephone invitation is all that is needed for an informal tea. For bridal teas and more formal occasions, a note card invitation would be best.

Foods- Small, finger sandwiches, tea cakes, assorted nuts along with tea and coffee. See the Table Settings page for service arrangement.

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