2 days ahead

  • Shop for groceries
  • Soak beans overnight; cook
  • Cook chicken; pull meat off bones
  • Prepare stock
  • Chill all

1 day ahead

  • Prepare chicken broth
  • Make sweet onion dressing
  • Prepare citrus for compote
  • Soften goat cheese; add herbs and zest

Party day


  • Remove eggs (for puffs) from fridge to bring to room temperature
  • Bake cake
  • Bake puffs
  • Mix beverage
  • Clean salad greens

Late afternoon:

  • Prepare citrus sauce for cake
  • Shred carrots and mix with dressing
  • Stuff cheese puffs
  • Cook pasta, drain, and lightly oil
  • Set out chicken broth mixture to bring to room temperature
  • Set table
  • Set up appetizer buffet
  • Spiff yourself up!