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Whether you're throwing an intimate dinner party or a big holiday bash, I have a few helpful hints to help you host your next get-together with style and ease.
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Today, we live in jam-packed cities, yet ironically they can feel far more isolating than smaller, rural communities. I always ask people if they know the other people on their floor in their condo building, and generally their answer is: "not really." Everyone has to eat, so why not eat together?
I love to host dinner parties, but I really don't like doing all the work. My husband is this huge foodie. I make a gourmet meal almost every day. To be honest, I like to eat well, and he does do his fair share of the cooking, but after a while, I'm over it! (Especially when he NEVER does the dishes, even when he cooks.)
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It is no secret that I am a big fan of wine. Every month I share with you the results of my monthly wine tasting group, I HEART WINE Club; a very exclusive party of unsophisticated wine lovers like myself. I was recently asked by a few of my readers to share my recipe for hosting an amazing wine tasting party -- so here it is.
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I can't get enough of this shrimp stack. Isn't it pretty?! It really makes you look like you've got some impressive kitchen skills but really couldn't be any easier. It's a perfect dish for entertaining but could also easily fit in to your weeknight meal rotation.
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Being hospitable is more about welcoming others, as they are, to come share your life with you, as it is. It is about opening up your doors, putting out an extra plate, sharing your space and time and relaxing enough to enjoy the company of another person.
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Not sure what to give your host? Or worse, not sure what to serve at your own dinner party? The rules for hosting and attending dinner in someone's home aren't as clear-cut as those for attending wedd...
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I love it when guests pop over unannounced, so I always keep some essentials on hand to make it look as though I was expecting them. Hard and Soft Cheese: Serving some cheeses on a small plate is the simplest way to impress.
For red wine, open the bottle about an hour before your guests arrive so the wine can breathe, or serve it in a decanter. Either way, you won't have to worry about opening the bottle in front of your guests or any potential spills. Stoneleigh Pinot Noir is a great option for a medium-bodied red wine that is a real crowd-pleaser and a great match for many different types of food.
With the arrival of the fall and winter season we still have dinner parties to look forward to. Sadly, for many, with that pleasure there also comes the anxiety of, well, making dinner. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions I can share to help put your mind at ease and hopefully make your next dinner party a success.
As a person who probably has friends, you may be wondering how to get them over to your house without looking like a total creep. You can't just wander up to someone and bark "Come to my house and I''ll feed you seven-layer dip!" because then you look like a lunatic. Play it cool. Make it a party! Ah, but what kind of party?
I had a dinner party this weekend. It was a Hunger Games themed dinner party which may or may not have included a "Pin the Arrow on Katniss's Face" competition. But not all dinner parties have to be that fancy.