Party Planning


Hosting my first dinner party!

by makeupyourworld 2 days ago

Hello chowhound! I'm a newbie here but have been lurking and cooking for awhile. I recently turned 20 and I cook dinner for company 2-3 nights per week. During the school week I keep meals simple b...

Banquet for 250 people: Palais Royale or The Old Mill? Where else

by prima 2 months ago

Looking for a venue that offers rentals, that is on the cheap to modest side , preferably less than $80 per person, and I realize that will be a very basic menu. Accessible by TTC. This is for a sp...

Planning a party - food quantity help

by sunenihs 1 month ago

Hello - I am planning a party for about 60 people. It is going to be a BBQ, and I am going to get ribs for 45 catered from a local BBQ joint. I am going to do the sides myself, and also am thinking...

Polenta Bar Dinner Party (Vegetarian)

by nature_trash 1 year ago

Hello, I am throwing a dinner party for about 20 friends for my birthday. Last year I did the Momofuku pork shoulder with lots of sides & it was great. This year, I am planning to make a lar...

Settle a BBQ Etiquette Disagreement, Please?

by oursouthernsojourn 1 year ago

Hello Chowhounders! I've just come back from a trip and my husband has decided he would like to have a barbecue tomorrow for the 4th of July. I'm happy to host - we like to entertain and keep e...

Help with planning a dinner party for guests with various dietary restrictions!

by townsendsmith 3 years ago

Help! I'm hosting a dinner party tomorrow night for another couple and have to manage a wide range of dietary restrictions. One guest is a full-on vegetarian, one is a pescatarian, and two (inc...

How far in advance can you bake cookies?

by tetraneutron 3 months ago

I'm baking some cookies for a work event and I don't want to be rushed the night before. If I bake them Tuesday evening (drop cookies, shortbread w/potato chips, and https://smittenkitchen.com/2009...

How many pounds of homemade pasta for this holiday party?

by migmigmig 3 months ago

For a 11-person party where we have plenty of "main course" food but tend to eat much of it standing up, one attendee is making a "first course" of homemade fettuccine in a tomato sauce. The intent...

Aperol Spritzers

by shazzam 3 months ago

What appis can I bring to a small Xmas gathering serving Aperol Spritzers?


by nancy1958 4 months ago

I’m having a Christmas party for approximately 30 people. Making ham, potatoes, vegetables, salad. Having a problem deciding on my Italian menu. Definitely doing pasta but can’t decide on chicken c...

Creative Alternative to Taco Catering 2018 version

by daintysharky 4 months ago

Hello, I saw a four year old post about alternative to taco catering for a children's party. I was wondering if you all had any ideas beyond BBQ, a food truck (logistics don't work), and burgers? A...

Holiday Dinner for a Dozen (or so)

by partyfoodie 4 months ago

I am having a dozen or so family for a holiday get-together dinner and I don't have a large enough dining area to seat a dozen people! For that matter, I don't have one room that will hold everyone...

Beef short ribs: How much do I need?

by ninrn 4 months ago

Hello, I’m making braised beef short ribs for Thanksgiving (the kind that are bone-in and shaped like big cubes). Somehow, in the last week, the number of people we’ll have for dinner has ballo...

How do you serve and seat a family holiday dinner for 20?

by DeniseM 12 years ago

In all the party planning articles, books, and blogs I never find the real nitty-gritty... how do you serve a big family dinner? It is so much work to rent/borrow tables for a holiday meal, but we ...

Tips for Serving Taco Salad

by RAOL 4 months ago

I'm having guests for lunch after Thanksgiving and decided to serve taco salad in shells/bowls. Unfortunately I don't have the space for people to serve themselves buffet style, but I do want to r...

Making a pouding chomeur in advance

by tetraneutron 5 months ago

I want to make a pouding chomeur (similar in structure to a sticky toffee pudding - the kind of cake that's baked in a syrup or with a syrup poured over it once it comes out of the oven, so the cak...

Wine tasting for 5 friends

by conniemcd 5 months ago

I have a wine collection of Martha Stewart selected wines. I'm inviting 4 yoga friends for a casual fun wine tasting. I doubt any of us know much about this and the food that goes with although I ...


by WINDELLA 6 months ago

Every yr I have a family birthday party for my Aunt. This year, she'll be 83, she has a good appetite & likes all kinds of food, I always ask her what she wants for her birthday dinner & she always...

Classy Luau?

by RoyalBakery 8 months ago

I'm throwing myself a 50th birthday party in a month or so! I'm going loosely for a luau theme, just because I think it will be fun to decorate. :-) I'd love some help with my menu, however, ple...