10 Tips for Inviting People Over

In order to have people over, you have to ask them.  And asking can be scary and/or stressful.  It doesn’t have to be, though.  After years of inviting people over, I’ve learned a few tricks that make it easier. Ask people that make sense. What I mean is – choose someone you have something in common with or a connection.  If you’re not sure or don’t know them very well yet, maybe wait a little … [Read more...]

Need an Extra Table Sometimes?

Have you ever had one of those times when you needed seating for 18 but your table only fit 8?  Or you had a big project to do but you didn’t want to cover your dining room table for three weeks while you worked on it.  Or you needed a place to fold your laundry or sort a pile of papers?  I’ve dealt with all those scenerios in the past with a great amount of frustration.   I just didn’t have a … [Read more...]

How to Stretch a Meal

Dinner’s planned and maybe even started and you suddenly find out you’re going to have two or three extra people to feed.  Unfortunately, you don’t have enough food.  What do you do? 1.       Turn them away. 2.       Let them sit at the table but not eat. 3.       Give everyone a teeny tiny portion. 4.       Use strategies to stretch the meal. If you said #4, you’re a winner!  And in case … [Read more...]

Entertaining: Just Do It!

Do you enjoy having people over but you find that you never get around to inviting anyone?  You have good intentions but there’s always something standing in the way?  The only way to succeed at having people over is to JUST DO IT! The truth is, The schedule will probably never be ideal. The house will rarely look just right.  You know – perfectly clean and perfectly decorated. Your … [Read more...]

Entertaining The Easy Way

Long-time friends from out of town are coming over for coffee tonight.  We haven’t seen them in at least 15 years, probably longer.  They suggested we meet at a local coffee shop or restaurant but I invited them to come to our house instead. They were more than willing to come here but hadn’t wanted to impose knowing we just moved and were in the midst of a major remodeling project.   I … [Read more...]

How to Clean Up After a Party

We recently had a small birthday party for our granddaughter who just turned four.  Our guest list included 10 adults and 2 children.  We served dinner, dessert (cake, of course) and opened presents - not a lot of activities and not a lot of people, but we sure made a mess! And that’s always the bad part about having a party of any size – the clean-up.  But it has to be done.  So I’ve come up … [Read more...]

8 Entertaining Tips for Picky Guests

I’m a picky eater.  There, I said it.  I’m embarrassed to admit it but it’s the truth.  I’ve been a picky eater since I was a kid.  And going over to someone’s house for dinner is a little scary since I don’t know if I’ll like what they serve.  I can force myself to eat certain foods but there are a few that are non-negotiable.  In case you’re wondering which ones are non-negotiable, here’s a … [Read more...]