Organise menus in advance and write lists to make shopping easier at your local IGA supermarket.
To spread the load on your budget, buy long-lasting food and drinks ahead and fresh produce closer to the date.
Consider what you can make ahead of time (desserts, pastries) and do so to allow you more time with guests.
Use sauces, salad mixes and marinades to keep prep to a minimum while achieving delicious results.
When entertaining for a crowd, allocate guests to bring part of the menu as well as drinks to match.
Set up a separate table with drinks, ice and glasses for easy self-service, to free up the kitchen.
Either use airtight containers or wrap them in foil or cling wrap to put in the fridge or freezer.