4. Shop for ingredients, decor, and favors
By Wednesday, print out menus and determine what you need. In this case, you don't have the time after work on Friday to cook dinner so you haven't the need for recipes. A few finishing touches to store prepared food fills the bill. Due to time constraints, you chose lobster bisque & salmon fillets. A small amount (1/4 lb.) of lobster meat will garnish the soup and a glaze (reduce 1/2 c. green pepper jelly, 1/4 c. rice vinegar, 1/4 c. soy sauce to 1/2 cup and spoon over fish;sprinkle on 2 sliced green onions) will dress the salmon. Crab stuffed mushrooms were chosen for the appetizer. Order cake, if applicable.
Buy starfish to create place card and function as favor. Party favors (again, ideas have a wide price range) allow for appreciation of your party long after it is over. 4" starfish are available at a local gift shop or party supply store. Cut a strip of paper 1/2" by 5". Write guest's name on it or create on computer. Drape between legs of the starfish.