So now it has been established that your are a VIP guest with your hostess gift in hand, but what is that in your other hand? A shopping bag with ingredients to whip up a little something to bestow upon the already planned and prepared menu? Unless you are attending a potluck dinner or the hostess has specifically requested you bring that amazing dessert you are famously known for baking, leave all cooking contributions for the food banks.
You have been invited to attend a well thought out and meticulously arranged event in which the party planner has considered a theme, the number of guests as well recipes that cater to her vision. As stated in part 1 of the series, even the most relaxed of hostesses will be busy greeting guests, making introductions and seeing that everyone is comfortable and that commandeering the kitchen with your half-baked app is not only inconsiderate, but also insulting. Are you concerned that not enough choices will be provided or that everyone should partake in your culinary creation?
However, if you are from a culture where it is unfathomable to show up empty handed, then I advise you to adhere to the following:
- Select a dish that can be fully prepared prior to arrival. Do not expect to finish cooking it in your host’s oven.
- Bring the aforementioned properly platted & presented, unless previously arranged with the hostess, do not expect that she will have a proper vessel for your dish. A seasoned professional will have pre selected all the serving pieces that will be used and placed in specific locations through the space.
- Always ask the hostess what she would prefer for you to bring. You may make suggestions based on your skills and interest, but heed to her preference.
- Leave the leftovers, but take your serving piece home with you – that day.
After all, it’s a party and why would you want to cook when you can be cocktailing?
See you at the buffet.