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    "My thanks to Chris and Damon for their nice work on my house. They worked hard, got things done in the time they had predicted, and were polite and professional. Their work was very good- the living room ceiling looks fabulous, as there was quite a bit of water damage before. I am very pleased with the results, exactly what I wanted. Thanks so much."

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  • Tips For A Stress Free Dinner Party

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    Holidays are a time of big family parties, which can be a bit stressful. Here are some tips and advice for throwing a great, fun and stress-free dinner party:

    Have you ever wanted to eliminate the stress that comes with hosting a dinner party? Chef Jimmy McIntyre, Executive Chef of New Zealand’s seven-suite destination retreat – Otahuna Lodge, is an expert when it comes to dinner parties. Hosting guests nightly in the Lodge’s formal dining room, Chef Jimmy is renowned for his honest, uncluttered flavors, which are complemented by elegantly restrained presentation.  Follow Chef Jimmy’s tips for a stress free dinner party and guests are guaranteed to be raving:

    Prepare in advance. Complete as much as possible in advance of guests’ arrival. This helps to eliminate last minute mistakes and allows the host to spend more time with guests.

    Always offer hors d’oeuvres. Upon guests’ arrival, make sure to offer canapés, as well as a drink. This helps to dispel guests from becoming irritable and hungry.

    Keep it simple! A simple dish done well is always impressive, less stressful and less likely to fail. A soup course is fast and easy. If there won’t be more than four courses, serve bread.

    Make it fun. “Pot Luck” dinners are the least stressful. Every couple is asked to bring a course – the host normally prepares the main dish. Request that guests stick to one theme. A subterranean themed party is easy since it refers to anything that is from under the ground (i.e. potatoes, yam, rabbit, truffle, etc.)

    Add an extra course. To make the menu seem longer, add a simple component such as a cheese or sorbet course. This will ensure that guests are satiated at the conclusion of the meal.

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