I love to cook delicious dishes, even if challenging. And I love the planning, organizing and preparing for a lavish dinner party.
That is, before my guests arrive because once the party starts, I don’t want to be in the kitchen, I want to enjoy the company of our friends.
So I always plan my menu with recipes that I can prepare way ahead of time, with a minimum of involvement required on my part just before serving.
I typically only leave the meat, or fish for last minute preparation.
For the other courses, I plan recipes that I can cook or prepare the ingredients a day ahead of time, and assemble a few hours before the party.
Here you will find some examples and ideas: