By Maureen Rowan Murphy, Manager, Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles
Whether you are planning a small get-together or a large party for that special graduate, here are some tips to help make it memorable.
Do as Much as Possible a Day or Two Ahead
Day of the Party
Cooking for a Crowd
Quantity cooking may not simply be doubling or tripling a recipe. Unless you have tried it before, it may be best to cook two, three or more batches, rather than double it. You may want to look online for recipes specifically for quantity cooking.
Please remember to both serve and drink alcohol responsibly. Do not serve alcohol to minors, and closely supervise high-school graduation parties to prevent alcohol from being brought into the party. A joyous celebration can turn into a tragedy when underage drinking is involved. Even if no one gets injured, adults that provide alcohol to minors can face stiff penalties and jail time. It is also important to encourage responsible drinking among legal-age guests. Never allow anyone who appears to have had too much to drink to get behind the wheel and drive!
Use chafing dishes, warming trays or buffet servers to keep hot foods hot. Use coolers, tubs or kiddie pools filled with ice for cold foods. Be careful about keeping foods out for a long period of time without keeping them properly chilled or heated. Perishable food must be refrigerated within one hour in hot weather (above 90° F), and within two hours, if temperatures are below 90° F. Discard food left out longer than this.
Be sure to hug your graduate and let her or him know how proud you are!
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