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

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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

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

picky eater

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...]

8 Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips

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Let the cooking begin! That’s what’s going on at my house – preparations for tomorrow’s big meal with the family.  But just for fun, here are a few last minute tips to help your preparations go smoother: 1.       While you’re cooking, clean as you go!!! 2.       If you’re hosting, don’t worry about cleaning the house.  Tidy, vacuum or sweep and touch-up the bathroom.  Really – that’s all … [Read more...]

5 Bad Reasons I Don’t RSVP


There are a lot of rude people out there and I’m one of them – at least as far as sending RSVP’s.  I rarely RSVP when I receive an invitation and here’s why: 1.       My life is so busy I don’t know if I’ll be free then or not.  Even though the calendar may be clear, I know something will probably come up that I have to do so I don’t want to have to cancel later. 2.       I don’t want to go … [Read more...]