Last-Minute Entertaining Tips That Would Impress Even Martha Stewart
Although we love friends dropping by on a whim, entertaining on cue can be a challenge if you’re not prepared. Being a great host doesn’t have to mean slaving over a hot stove to serve a three-course meal, but rather serving up simple and delicious refreshments and enjoying the moment with your guests. These last-minute entertaining tips will make those impromptu get-togethers a breeze.
Stock up your pantry with simple snacks that don’t require serious prep. Think crackers, flatbread, olives, nuts and gherkins. Not only are they no-fuss, but you can keep them in your pantry for weeks—ready and waiting for times like these. Cheeses, fruit, and simple spreads like hummus—all things you might already be in your kitchen—are other things that can be served in an instant onto large chopping board for an impressive antipasto offering.
Create a signature cocktail and always keep the ingredients on hand. Not only does this add a personal touch for your special guests, but you’ll be able to serve up a delectable beverage at the drop of hat.
Keep a collection of pretty platters, bowls, cheese boards and napkins in your kitchen cupboard—no matter what you present on beautiful serveware, it looks impressive and effortless. This is an instant win.
Music is vital to creating a fun and engaging atmosphere during a gathering. Consider creating a party playlist pre-festive season, so you can hit play without skipping a beat as soon as your drop-in guests arrive.
What are your fool-proof last-minute entertaining tips? Share with us in the comments below!