Entertaining The Easy Way

coffee cups

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

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...]

5 Tips for Serving a Buffet Style Meal

Buffet Style

Having a party or a bunch of people over but your table is too small and you don’t have enough chairs?  You actually have lots of options but the easiest is to serve the food buffet style.  Here are a few tips (learned the hard way, of course) for making your buffet style dinner party a success: 1- If you don’t have enough table space and chairs, you may not have enough dishes and silverware … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Stress-Free Entertaining

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Having guests for dinner?  Sometimes having guests is more stressful than fun but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Here are 10 ways you can entertain and have fun at the same time. 1.       Choose a simple menu.  When you’re having guests is NOT the time to try new recipes and new techniques.  It only increases your stress level.  Simple menus don’t have to be boring or unimpressive.  There are … [Read more...]