I Don't Have Much Time to Cook the Day of the Party. Now What?
If you are running out of time, or know you will be rushed the day of the party, buy some eternal favorites like potato chips and pretzels and dump them into pretty bowls. People love snack foods. And your job does not include serving things that would fit nicely onto the food pyramid. This is a party, you can be liberal. It's OK to choose things that are prepackaged.
If you're really short on time and money, for a nice luncheon buffet, follow this 10-Step “You're-an-Amazing-Hostess” Shopping Plan:
Go to your local grocery store a few days early and see if they can put together a few platters of cut-up vegetables (carrots, celery, jicama, broccoli, etc.) with some sort of dip if the dip is included. (If it's extra, they have great ones in the dairy case.) Pick up the platters on the day of the party. Or buy the veggies loose.
If you have fifteen women coming, go buy yourself two or three bags of chips—corn chips, Doritos, potato chips, whatever. Get the yummy kind.
Buy a block of Velveeta cheese, a can of diced stewed tomatoes with onions, and two cans of refried beans.
Buy three ounces of different kinds of cold cuts for each room. (That's forty-five ounces for fifteen women, which is about three pounds.)
Buy some presliced cheese or get the deli guy to slice it for you.
Buy twenty-two different kinds of sandwich rolls, a jar of interesting mustard, and some basic mayo and American mustard.
Buy a head of Romaine lettuce, a bunch of parsley, an orange, and a lemon.
Go pick up the cake in the bakery department that you ordered two weeks ago.
Buy two cans of pineapple juice, two quarts of 7-Up, one can of Hawaiian punch.
Go home and put it all together with the 12-Step Shower Catering Plan.