Having a party Saturday afternoon-having trouble figuring out which of the 5 items left to make can be done successfully tonight or Friday...?
The menu is what my 25 yr old daughter and friends have requested that I make for her casual pool/birthday party. Most everything is completely home made and from scratch. I have made my baked ziti (lasagna style), hot 7 layer taco dip, salsa, spinach dip, shrimp platter and have my london broils marinating in fridge. I still have to chop veggies for a crudite platter (dips made), bread and fry chicken cutlets for chicken parmigiana, make 3 batches of brownies (boxed but altered cake-like brownies-2 plain/1 with peanut butter swirl), chop fruit for fruit salad (watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, grapes and pineapple). Bake a 7 layer cake (cake is boxed) but filling and frosting are from scratch. and lastly-make, bake, fill and dip chocolate covered cream puffs. I am trying to figure out which 1 or 2 of those things left to do I can do without compromising the end result as a result of it now being around 40 hrs before party begins. Google search says cut veggies will last 1 day; I know that cut fruit salad gets mushy and watery if left for more than 16 hours in fridge. I am also concerned with the humidity and heat (raining and humid now) with extreme heat tomorrow-causing the brownies to change and my husband insists that for great chicken cutlet parmigiana-the cutlets should be topped with sauce and cheese while the chicken cutlets are freshly fried (not refrigerated before topping and serving). What has anyone successfully prepared within 24-32 hours before serving and if so-what can I do to make sure I am not compromising the taste of. I'm thinking cake is the only thing I can do tonight or early tomorrow morning but was hoping for 1 more item to scratch off my list so I am not stressed out saturday morning. Any suggestions?
Hope you were able to complete your menu and still enjoy the guests.
Please let us know how it all went...:)
I remember learning a rule *piece of advice?) Not to have more than one dish requiring last minute attention in any meal.
I find it especially helpful for big and/or holiday meals.
Too late for this one, as you've promised-planned both the cream puffs and fried chicken.
But something to tuck in your back pocket for futures.
And yes, it sounds like a wonderful party!
Using a plastic knife to cut brownies is magic. They cut cleanly and don't stick to the knife.
Fill the cream puffs last (you probably knew this).
What a great mom you are....I'm sure it's going to turn out wonderfully!
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