For people who are used to cooking for a small group, cooking for parties can get a little messy and overwhelming
The festive season is upon us and it is a given that we have a ton of parties that we have to attend and a ton of them that we will also have to host. Now, many of us may love to cook as a hobby or as a necessity. Usually, it comes down to cooking two quick meals a day during working days and one elaborate brunch spread during the weekend. But that is for a couple of people. The problem arises when we put our culinary skills to the test during parties that we host for a big crowd. For people who are used to cooking for a small group, cooking for parties can get a little messy and overwhelming. But do not worry. We have some tips and tricks for you to ace the next house party that you host.
Keep the menu simple
You might be an experimental cook, but please limit your experiments to your family luncheons. For a party, keep your menu very simple and include dishes that you know most people love to eat. For example, if it is an Indian menu, cook biryani or if it is a Chinese menu, cook noodles. You can never really go wrong with such staple dishes.
Stick to cooking what you make best
If you know that you make kheer very well or if there is a salad that you carry for lunch that all your coworkers love, make sure to include that in the menu. It is always recommended that you cook your tried and tested dishes, so that you do not waste your time figuring out what to do while you are cooking for a large gathering.
Understand that for a huge crowd, you can barely make everything from scratch on the same day. So, finish chopping the night before and refrigerate the chopped vegetables in air-tight containers. Similarly, prepare your sauces and grind your masala well ahead of time. If you do not wish to use packaged ginger-garlic paste, make a fairly big batch of it at home the previous night and store it.
Do not shy away from ordering from the market
While it is applause-worthy that you want to cook everything and add your personal touch to the menu, it is also okay to order some dishes or at least elements of them from the market. If you are making cupcakes, it is okay to use store-bought icing. Those are still your creations, with a little help from your favourite bakery nearby!
Follow these tips for your next party and we can assure you, not only will you become the best host in your circle, you will start to see these parties as a mode of enjoyment and relaxation rather than something you are stressed about.