Be my guest

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 00:00 |
Lunch gets lost in the scramble of the day, so try to go for simple meals such as these chili bowls.

Whether it is for the holidays or just a long weekend, there will be a time when you have a house full of guests. A big part of preparing for those guests is meal planning. Do not get overwhelmed.

Taking it to step by step and making a plan will make things so much easier. Here are a few practical tips to begin with.

Plan ahead for each meal. This way, you will not wake up in the morning and realise that you only planned for dinners and you have nothing but Cheerios; no milk, and coffee for breakfast.

Make a detailed grocery list for each meal and snack… nobody wants to make last-minute trips to the grocery store!

Plan for 50/50, at least for some of the meals, 50 per cent store-bought items and 50 per cent homemade (hopefully some can be made ahead).

Plan at least one meal out, especially if your guests are staying for a long time.

Make what you can ahead of time.

When your guests ask what they can bring, don’t you dare say ‘nothing’! Even if it is a snack, dessert, wine, or a speciality cocktail, accept the help. -Mom’s Dinner

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