Magazine article Sunset

The Party Planner Countdown

Magazine article Sunset

The Party Planner Countdown

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*UP TO A MONTH AHEAD * Make the chutney.

* UP TO 3 DAYS AHEAD * Make the posole, bean soup, gingersnaps, and bizcochitos.

* UP TO 2 DAYS AHEAD * Make the sesame-nut crunch. * Purchase a selection of tortilla chips, salsas, and dips, including refried beans, guacamole, and Latino creams such as crema Mexicana agria (salted sour cream) and crema Centroamericana (thick and tangy)-they're sold in Latino food markets.

* Buy a cooked smoked turkey or two boned smoked turkey breasts.

* Buy tamales from a Mexican restaurant or food market.

* Buy hot sauces, mustards, mayonnaise, ingredients for the Chimayo punch and Mexican hot chocolate, and supplies for the beverage bar, such as beer, wine, soft drinks, and ice. * UP TO 1 DAY AHEAD * Make the muffins. * Buy sandwich breads and rolls.

* PARTY DAY, IN THE MORNING * Set out serving pieces and arrange buffets or small tables. * Put hot sauces where bean soup will be served.

* ABOUT 2 HOURS AHEAD * Arrange sesame-nut crunch; chips, salsas, and dips; and the beverage bar. …

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