Fondue is easy to set up and simple to make, too. Fondue is especially ideal for a teenage girl's party. But it also will work well for adult dinner parties, New Year's Eve parties and for family reunions.
Here's the checklist of how to plan for the upcoming event:
Two Weeks Before the Birthday Party
One Week Before the Birthday Party
Learn a little more about fondue. According to the GourmetSleuth.com Web site, cheese fondue's Swiss history is explained as follows:
"Each component of a traditional Swiss fondue plays an important role. Most recipes we see for -traditional' Swiss style fondue are a combination of two cheeses, Gruyere and Emmenthaler. These two cheeses are combined because either cheese alone would produce either a mixture that was too sharp or too bland. The cheeses are most commonly melted in a dry white wine, which helps to keep the cheese from the direct heat as it melts as well as to add flavor. The Kirsch (a clear cherry brandy) was added if the cheese itself was too young to produce the desired tartness. The garlic was for additional flavoring while the flour or cornstarch assists in keeping the cheese from separating.
Given Fondue is a -communal' meal there are a few basic guidelines to follow. To eat cheese fondue spear a piece of bread using a fondue fork and dip it into the pot. Twirl the bread cube gently in the cheese to coat it. You'll want to let the bread drip a bit before you put it in your mouth. This will allow the excess to drip back in the pot and also allow time for cooling. When you put the bread in your mouth try not to touch the fork with your lips or tongue because the fork does go back in the pot.
Alternately, you can use a dining fork to slide the bread off the fondue fork then eat it with the second fork. This is probably more cumbersome than necessary.
To eat meat fondue, spear a piece of meat, and plunge it in the hot oil [or broth fondue, which is less expensive]. Allow it to sit until the meat is cooked to your liking. Remove the fork, and place it on your plate. Use your dining fork to slide the meat off the fondue fork. Then use your regular fork to dip the meat in the sauce as desired. Then eat using your regular dining fork."
Although European countries all serve fondue, it originated in Switzerland, and the meals utilized standard ingredients that most homes would have on hand.
Plan the menu with your daughter. Some ideas can include:
Once you've planned the menu:
Three Days Before the Birthday Party
One Day Before the Birthday Party
The Day of the Birthday Party
The presentation of the food, the table, and your home will set the stage for an elegant birthday luncheon. This is also fun for adult birthday parties, too.
You don't need a main course to have a wonderful meal. You and your friends can show off your finest sweet recipes at a dessert party.
Dinner parties are a very hot trend and a great way to get together with all of your friends on a regular basis. But do you and your friends have a serious sweet tooth? Do you get more enjoyment out of the desserts than the dinner?
Dessert fondue is going mainstream, especially with the rise in appeal of chocolate fountains, exquisite miniature desserts, and plenty of options to use melted chocolate in unique ways. Making a dessert fondue is a great idea when you've got some entertaining scheduled for the evening; this elegant and fun dessert can serve as a centerpiece at a party or buffet, and will definitely have your guests talking!