The key is to plan ahead and decide on a menu that can be prepped days before and requires little hands on time during your party... for example a cheese, fruit and nut platter for an appetizer and slow cooked meat for your main...
I decided on a Provence theme because, well, I'm obsessed with the south of France! The food, wine, culture, language, men, style, architecture, cobble stones, surf, music, all of it!
Provence Party Menu
Slow Cooked Lemon Chicken in Garlic and Thyme
over Saffron Rice
Rosated Broccoli and Garlic with Basil, Parmesan and Pine Nuts
Ratatouille with Homemade Pesto
Lavender Madeleines with Honey Creme Fraiche
Set the mood
- Offer your quests a glass of wine when they come in. Simple say, "I just opened a bottle of wine, can I pour you a glass?"
- French music on Pandora
- Savorying Provence, cookbook on my coffee table
- Olive tree to add a little nature
- Little bowls of olives and rosemary marcona almonds