When you're inviting people over for dinner, it's a hectic and nerve-wracking thing. Add a Ramadan gathering to that, and it gets crazy. People are hungry, they want to eat, and they want to eat really good food. Top that with being a newlywed couple, and, well, God be with you.
As a newlywed couple, you want to impress your guests, show off the 'we've got it all together' vibe, cook amazing food, set an amazing table decor, and be the best hosts. Yes, it's really hard, but hopefully with these tips, it gets easier. Here are some tips we got from couples who have been through that intense Ramadan big gathering!
For Newlyweds: How to Handle Ramadan Gatherings
1. If it's not the weekend and you have to be at the office, leaving work early is a must! You both need all the time you can get to make this day go smoothly.
2. Meal prep is your best friend. Make yourself a mini menu at the beginning of the week. Pick meals that are universal and more likely to fit most people's tastes. Go shopping for what you need, spice and chop things, ready to be taken out of the fridge or freezer and onto the pans.
3. Prepare the table the night before, especially if you want to put in extra effort and create a cool theme. organize it and make it pretty so you don't have to worry about it the next day.
4. Spread on your bed the clothes you plan on wearing. The kitchen is a hot, sweaty place; you're going to barely be able to get in and out of the shower, let alone think of makeup and clothes. So, you have what you want to wear ready to just slip on and throw on a bit of bronzer and mascara.
5. Help each other out; divide the forces. Whoever is better at cooking should take the lead in that, and the other person can clean up and organize. If you'd rather work alone and have things done your way, then by all means give yourself the time and do it yourself.
6. Organize the kitchen before you start cooking. Remove everything unnecessary from your counters to create for yourself as much space as possible to get messy and place things wherever you want.
7. Clean up on the spot. After Iftar, you will not have the energy to clean up the kitchen and wash the pans and pots, so as you go, do whatever you're done with and load the dishwasher quickly.
8. Put foil on the stove while frying; it will make the cleaning process later much easier. But make sure it doesn't block the gas outlets.
9. Don't make appetizers if you're hosting a really big gathering, because, guests end up getting full just by eating them, and they leave plenty of leftovers from the main dishes.
10. Don't make desserts. Every family or couple you invite over will show up with a dessert. You will end up with huge boxes of desserts and no room in your fridge. So don't add to that by making your own.
11. It's time to put your fancy china plates on display for the guests, but as for the serving plates, use dishwasher-friendly ones to save yourself time and energy.
12. Distract your guests with television after Iftar to give you time to clean up the table and throw things in the dishwasher.