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Last Minute Entertaining Tips
November 7, 2012 By 1 Comment
1. The Setup: There are two things that will impress your guests the most, and if either one falls short, the other can help make up the different. The two things are Setup and Food. If your food is sub-par, your guests will leave remembering the beautiful setup of your table. If your table is lackluster, make the food extra delicious and no one will notice. It is VERY easy to come up with a beautiful table in just minutes. First step, start with a clean room and table. Sweep the floor and clean off the table and chairs. This should go without saying. 2. The Food: The food is the hardest part of last minute dinner parties. More often than not we have a menu idea and then find we don't have those ingredients. So first search what foods you do have and think of creative ways to serve them. Have a can of olives? Pour them into a pretty serving dish or paired with cheese on toothpicks for a quick hors d'oeuvres. Have some fruit? Cut it up and arrange in a pretty dish. Nuts work in a pinch as well. If you have a block of cream cheese and a ranch packet you can mix them together for a cheese ball to serve with crackers. If you have lettuce mix you can serve a side salad for another course. Here are some links to quick and easy dinner ideas: 3 Ingredient Dinners in Under 10 Minutes 3 Ingredient Main Courses 10 Minute Meals Quick and Easy Suppers 2 Ingredient Dinners 3. Fake a Fancy Drink: One thing that is always easy to come up with quickly is a 'fancy' drink. You don't even need to include alcohol, and since we don't drink in my family, we never do. We usually have diet soda around today I happened to have diet 7-up pomegranate flavor. I speared a couple of maraschino cherries and put them on the rim with a fun straw in a pretty glass. Took me 1 minute.