Entertaining in Edina
You’ve worked hard to get your home in just the right shape, from the landscaping of the grounds to the paint on the walls and all the accouterments that make your home special. You’ve spent time and money to create your perfect living space. Now is the time to relax, enjoy it, and share it with others. Let Tidy Touch take care of all your house cleaning so that you can entertain in style.
The Art of Entertaining
Anybody can have the gang over for dinner or beers and a game. Entertaining, on the other hand, requires a little finesse and planning. A small event with just a few friends can be wonderfully intimate, while a much larger party may require outside assistance, depending on how large a gathering you are planning. Even a dinner for two can be extraordinarily unique and special, with planning and thoughtful extras.
Where to Begin?
If you’ve never entertained before, you’ll definitely want to start with a list. You may want to enlist the help of one of the many books on the subject of entertaining. Consult the most popular food magazines, such as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, or Gourmet for advice and suggestions on unique menu choices, table settings, themes, and more. Part of the fun is the planning, especially as you do research to find out what possibilities appeal to you. Decide what type of entertaining you’d like to do. Are you interested in a small dinner party for just a couple of friends? Maybe you would prefer to host something a little more relaxed, such as a cheese and wine evening. If this is your first time hosting, it may be best to go smaller.
Write it Down
You will run across a variety of great ideas as you thumb through magazines and browse web pages in search of the perfect concept. Take notes so that you can keep track of the good ideas and don’t forget to cite the source so you can go back to it.
You will also want to make a list of things to purchase for your event. Be sure to write down everything you think you may need. Flowers for the table may seem obvious, but in all the preparations for your event, purchasing them can be easily overlooked. There will be some things that you already have – or at least you may think you have them. There’s nothing worse than believing you have a particularly necessary ingredient only to find that when you need it, there isn’t any or there isn’t enough. Check and double-check all your ingredients.
Make your to-do list and include all the things you will need to do leading up to the event. For example, have you decided to send out invitations? That may seem like overkill–unless you want to create a very memorable event for your guests. When was the last time you received an invitation to a dinner party in the mail–-the old fashioned, snail mail? Invitations, stamps, table linens and everything else need to be on your list to make sure your event goes smoothly.
Timing is Everything
When the day of the event arrives, you want to ensure that it all goes off without a hitch. If you are making a meal, plan the cooking so everything will come out on time. There’s nothing worse than planning a beautiful dinner party, only to find out everything else is ready, but the ham still needs time to cook.
With the proper planning and timing, you are sure to have the perfect event. Remember when we said that it’s time to relax, enjoy your home, and share it with others? Well, Tidy Touch has the key to the relaxation piece of that puzzle. We will have your home cleaned so you won’t stress out when it’s time for your guests to arrive. When your special event is over, we will clean up the mess while you take a trip to the spa and treat yourself for a job well done.