The pressure to produce a great gathering can worry most hosts, novice and expert alike.
Thankfully, its not necessary to be a master chef or own a grand manor to create a fun and successful affair.
Begin by deciding on a menu. At Uptown Grocery Company, 1230 W. Covell in Edmond, chef Jermiah Duddleston believes in keeping the options fresh and simple.
Use tried-and-true recipes, he said. You dont want to get too complicated, because then you are stuck [if something goes wrong].
Duddleston noted the importance of planning ahead. Make sure to have all ingredients at least two days before the event. And have plenty of butter on hand.
If you dont have it, you will miss it, he said.
One of his main jobs during the holiday season is cooking Uptowns prepared meals.
We sell a lot of holiday meals, he said. It takes a lot of the guesswork and stress out of it.
Uptown sells a gourmet turkey dinner that includes a 10- to 12-pound, oven-roasted bird; six sides; and pecan pie. It serves eight for $70; standard and deluxe versions vary in cost.
Spiral ham and prime rib dinners $50 and $70, respectively are available for those not keen on the traditional turkey.
Orders must be received by Monday for Thanksgiving and Dec. 18 for Christmas. Call 509-2700 or visit uptowngroceryco.com.
some ideas on table decorations? Just step outdoors for inspiration.
Event planner and florist Allison Williams of The Fleuriste, 9119 N.
Western, suggests creating an arrangement from easily available natural
We are big
fans of everything organic, she said. People can get things in their
yards like fall leaves and branches. I love the approach of including
suggested making pumpkins and gourds into fun centerpieces. She advised
painting a lacquer on the outside to give them a nice sheen. Add some
flowers, candles or nuts to add texture.
have so many great trees here in Oklahoma, she said. It feels like a
candy store because we have so much at our fingertips.
If you cant find any blooms in your backyard, The Fleuristes floral cooler contains unique and colorful single-stem flowers.
fall hues into table linens is another way to keep the color palette
interesting. Mariannes, 225 W. Britton, carries all types of party
very popular [now] to not to be as formal as [years] before, said
Kaylie Henderson, event planner at Mariannes. People are more organic
and using more earth tones for linens.
According to Henderson, the napkins and flowers can provide a pop of bright color. Those are apt to change, given the season.
Colors like eggplant and burnt orange are [in], she said. People are venturing out a lot more.