Jason Mitchell’s Pre-Party Tips: Save Yourself Some Stress, Ya Heard? Fete-a-Tete
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Jason Mitchell’s Pre-Party Tips: Save Yourself Some Stress, Ya Heard?

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1. A week before the party, solidify your menu. Make a detailed list of everything you’ll need: serving pieces, utensils, china, and linens. Then, make an organized shopping list.

2. Make a calendar for the few days before your party: What can be done ahead of time? Lots of recipes actually taste better the day after, or after marinating for a day. These are great party options. For beverages, lots of garnishes can be assembled the day before.

3. Plot out your serving dishes and label them in advance (*at FAT, we like any excuse for colorful Post-Its). This way you can be sure you’re not missing anything, and have time to purchase if you do!

4. Count your glassware — think about whether guests are likely to reuse their glasses, for example, if you’re only serving wine. You don’t want to be washing glasses during the party! #buzzkill

5. If you’re creating a food or beverage station that requires guests to assemble something on their own, put it in a low-traffic zone.

6. Make a day-of-party schedule for yourself. Work backwards from party time. How much time will each task take? Calculate, then give yourself a generous cushion. You don’t want to be racing against the clock to primp before the party.

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