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As a responsible party host, see to it that your guests return home
safely. Although the safest approach is to throw an alcohol-free
party, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of abuse if
you decide to serve alcohol. These suggestions follow the guidelines
of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD).Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll
Nonalcoholic Beverages
class="error">Be cautious about your guest list. Don't hesitate to
speak in advance to guests who are known to drink excessively. Have
them arrange alternate modes of transportation.
Be sure to have
lots of food on hand so that your guests do not drink on empty
If you've never provided food for this type of crowd before, be sure
to keep it simple. As always, plan well ahead of time and prepare for
disasters.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll
Party Supplies
Party Planners

Find out what your restrictions are.
Ask if guests any are vegetarian, keep kosher, avoid red meat or have
serious allergies.
Plan the meal with your party's budget and level
of formality in mind, although you might consider the ease of casual
fare. Buffets are much easier to handle than sit-down
Choose a balance of dishes that complement one another. If
your party has a particular t

Chocolate and raspberry have a special affinity for each other. This
is the perfect topping for vanilla, chocolate or cherry ice cream.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll
1 c. heavy creams
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate - chopped
5 tbsp. raspberry jam
4 1/2 oz. fine-quality bittersweet
chocolate - chopped fine
1 tbsp. cassis

In a
heavy saucepan, simmer cream and raspberry jam.
Whisk mixture and
remove the pan from the heat.
Add chocolate and a pinch of
Let mixture stand for 3 minutes.
Whisk it until smooth,
and stir in cassis.
Strain mixture through a fine sieve set over a
Serve warm

The silverware is placed on the table in the order in which it will be
used, starting with the outside pieces. Let this be your guide as you
work your way through a meal.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions
Things You'll Need
Flower Bouquets
Wine Glasses
class="error">Put your napkin on your lap. Unfold it, but don't spread
Use outside fork for first course, unless soup is served, then
use the outside spoon.
When you are finished with the course, place
your fork at the right end of your plate, using a slight diagonal.
This signifies that you are done. For a soup course or another
Whether you're hosting dinner or simply wish to dress up the supper
table, you know that setting the table is a process dictated by both
tradition and style. Heed the following tips and
rituals.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll

Put your flat or
silverware an inch or so from table's edge at settings equidistant to
each other.
Center napkin on the dinner plate or fold it to the
left of the forks.
Traditionally, silver which will be needed first
is set farthest right and left to the plate.
Place 2 forks to the
left, first course on the outside, main course on the
Remember not to put out more than 3 forks, worki

Keeping your charcoal grill in fine grilling form is
easy.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
rags, steel
wool or wire grill brushes
Heavy-duty Scouring Pad
Garden Hoses
And Attachments
Liquid Dish Soap
Kitchen Sponges
Spray-on Oven Cleaner
Nonstick Cooking Spray
Cooking Oil
Old Newspapers

you've finished cooking and the coals have died out, brush the grill
grate with a stiff wire brush. Next time you're ready to cook, fire up
the grill, brush the grate again and then coat it with a thin film of
oil. This regimen should keep the grate perpetually clean and ready to
When the ash

Fire up the barbecue and grab the burgers! It's prime time for
sizzling once the coals are covered with white
ash.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Barbecue Grills
Charcoal Lighters

Read the instructions that came with your
barbecue grill.
Purchase a large bag of charcoal briquettes and a
large can of charcoal lighter fluid.
Stack charcoal briquettes in a
pyramid shape near the center of your grill and douse the charcoal
evenly with about 1/2 cup lighter fluid for each 2 lbs. charcoal, or
as instructions direct.
Let the lighter fluid soak in for about 1
minute, then, using a long fireplace m

When holding a party for a large group, good planning is always the
key.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Party Planners
Party Food

Choose a date for your
event. If you plan to honor any special guests - or there are guests
on your list whose presence you particularly desire - make sure the
date is convenient for them.
Evaluate your space. Be sure you have
enough table space and chairs in your home or reserve a space for the
party elsewhere. If you have the party somewhere else, decide how you
will provide the food (catered, picnic-style, using a rented hall's
kitchen, and so on).

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