5 Easy Entertaining Ideas

It’s lovely when you know guests are coming and you have time to hide the clutter, vacuum/mop/deep clean, prepare freshly made appetizers & desserts, and then pretend this is what it’s always like in your home.  Most often, though, the best get-togethers are the impromptu ones: the nights when you offer everyone comes back to your house and then rush inside first to make sure you didn’t leave bras drying on the bathroom sink.

http://blog.needsupply.com/2013/07/07/the-cookout-guide-to-side-dishes/Maybe you need a quick dish to bring to a cookout, maybe you need snacks for sport tournaments, or maybe you spent the day enjoying the beautiful weather and now have an hour before friends are showing up.

Regardless, here a five simple entertaining ideas that won’t leave you making last-minute trips to the store.

1. Cheater’s Guac: Sure, nothing tastes better than fresh-cut tomatoes, onions, and avocados for fresh guacamole.  When you’re short on time, though, you can save a few minutes with “cheaters guac” (it’s also perfect for creating your own selfish bowl when you want guacamole NOW!).

Mash one ripe avocado, add a tablespoon or two of your favorite chunky salsa (see…tomotoes & onions are already diced!), add a dash of cumin, pinch of salt, and juice of cut lime top.  Ole!

http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2011/06/roasted-corn-avocado-and-black-bean-salsa.html2. Corn Salsa 2 ways: Seriously, find a favorite jar of corn salsa & it will become your summertime staple. Stock your pantry because the possibilities are endless.  Two favorites of mine- get a pen- these are really tough…
a– pour jar of corn salsa into a large bowl, add a can of rinsed black beans, add a fresh-diced avocado. Done. If you have time, let the flavors meld together in the fridge for a bit. If not, pour into a serving bowl and you’re good to go. Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips (also great on fish tacos!).

b– pour jar of corn salsa into large bowl, add 4-8oz softened cream cheese, mix well. Done. Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips (or heat in a mini crock pot and serve hot).

3. Serving Dishes 101: Sure, the aisles are filled with adorable “must-have” serving pieces begging to decorate your next gathering.  Even without fancy bowls & platters, you probably have everything you need in your cabinets.  Use a margarita or martini glass for “cheater guac” or corn salsa.  Need a cheese & cracker tray? A wood cutting board will do the trick.

4. Freshly Baked Cookies (really): Ok, this one takes a bit of forethought.  Next time you bake a batch of cookies, double the recipe.  Scoop all of the dough into balls, but freeze half of them on a tray for an hour, then store sealed in the freezer.  When you’re ready to use them, take what you need from the freezer and bake per recipe adding an addition 1-3 minutes.

flowers5. Instant Centerpiece: I love fresh flowers in the house. But, you don’t have to make a trip to the store for flowers though, just head to your yard and cut your own.  Think beyond flowers too: rhododendron shrubs, forsythia branches, and magnolia tree branches make beautiful centerpieces. Even small snips look gorgeous in mason jars or cordial glasses.

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7 responses to “5 Easy Entertaining Ideas

  1. Lori DiGiovanni

    Your always the best at whipping up something amazing in a snap! Great article.

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