Plan the After-Covid-19 Party: Embracing the Positives

My Dearest Komal Anjli and Amar, When the pandemic first took hold, none of us could have imagined the extent of the impact it would have on our lives. Now, as we navigate these challenging...

My Dearest Komal Anjli and Amar,

When the pandemic first took hold, none of us could have imagined the extent of the impact it would have on our lives. Now, as we navigate these challenging times, it's important to find the silver linings amidst the chaos. In this letter, I want to focus on the positives and share with you my enthusiasm for planning the ultimate post-Covid-19 party.

Embracing the Unusual: 3 Positives

While we've all had to adjust to this new normal, it's essential to find joy in the unexpected. Here are three positives that I believe we can take away from this situation:

1. Reconnecting with Loved Ones

One of the most beautiful outcomes of this pandemic is the opportunity to strengthen our connections with family and friends. Through virtual gatherings, we've been able to reach out to relatives we may not have spoken to in years, and even celebrate birthdays and special occasions together. Let's continue to nurture these relationships even after the lockdown is lifted.

2. Self-Improvement and Personal Growth

With the luxury of time on our hands, we finally have the chance to pursue activities that we've always wanted to try. Whether it's quitting smoking, starting a journal, practicing yoga, or learning a new language, now is the perfect moment to prioritize our well-being and personal growth. Let's embrace this opportunity for self-improvement and make the most of it.

3. Planning for the Future

While the present may feel uncertain, we can find solace in envisioning and planning for the future. Organizing a party that celebrates life and the joy of being together again is an excellent way to look forward to brighter days ahead. Let's use this time to brainstorm ideas, create menus, and perfect every detail of the party of our dreams.

Tips on Organizing Parties

Now, let's dive into the exciting world of party planning. Here are some practical tips that will ensure our gatherings are unforgettable:

First Steps

Before diving into the logistics, it's crucial to ask ourselves a few questions:

  • What is the ideal guest mix?
  • Is it a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack party?
  • How many people will be attending?
  • Have we considered any dietary restrictions or preferences? It's helpful to keep a record of past parties to draw inspiration from and ensure we offer a diverse and satisfying menu.

Planning the Menu

Crafting a menu that delights our guests is a true art. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • Aim for variety, offering a range of flavors and textures.
  • Stick to tried-and-tested recipes to avoid any last-minute surprises.
  • Be mindful of preparation time, opting for dishes that won't leave us exhausted.
  • For larger gatherings, limit time-consuming recipes to just one. This way, we can focus on enjoying the party rather than feeling overwhelmed.

Sequencing Preparations

To ensure seamless execution, it's essential to plan our preparations meticulously:

  • Create a comprehensive shopping list based on our menu.
  • Shop in advance to avoid any last-minute panic.
  • Map out a timeline, considering soaking time, preparation duration, and reheating requirements.
  • The more we can prepare in advance, the more relaxed and present we'll be during the party.

Early Preparations

Don't overlook the importance of setting the table and creating a warm ambiance:

  • Arrange cutlery and crockery earlier in the day.
  • Prepare serving vessels and spoons in advance.
  • Remember to have an ample supply of serviettes.
  • Decorate the table with creative and imaginative touches.
  • Stock up on frozen chutneys like green coriander, tamarind, and red pepper for added convenience.

Drinks

Refreshing beverages are a vital component of any successful gathering:

  • Plan for pre-dinner, during-dinner, and after-dinner drinks.
  • Consider both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to cater to everyone's preferences.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of glasses for each type of drink.
  • Don't forget to include plain water in our beverage selection.

Planning the Best Menu

Tailoring the menu to the occasion is essential. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:

  • For a traditional Gujarati-themed party, serve all the dishes simultaneously, except for rice which is served towards the end.
  • For brunch, draw inspiration from different cultures and cuisines, combining flavors from Indian, Swiss, African, and British traditions.

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These are just a few suggestions to get us started. The key is to infuse our gatherings with our unique personalities and tastes.

Before we conclude, I would love to hear any party menus you've hosted in the past and how the recipes shared here may have helped you. Amar, I'm especially looking forward to your comments. Your insights always bring a smile to my face.

Stay safe, prioritize your health, and remember that better days are on the horizon.

With all my love, hugs, and kisses,

Mum

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