Full disclosure here; I love to entertain.
A house full of people all in my way, driving me crazy is actually my happy place. I do understand that for many people though, entertaining at home is stressful and something they truly dread. Many avoid it altogether and that’s unfortunate because it doesn’t have to be so hard.
I used to prepare things way above my skill level or far too time consuming to make it worth it for anyone because I was so stressed by the time I sat down.Looking back, I see how unnecessary it was.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to throw a fancy dinner party more than anybody, but let’s face it, most of the time it’s just friends on a random thursday night after work that we are wanting to see, right?
I’ve learned alot and now keep what I call a “party drawer”.
I keep it stocked and try to only get into it when I have last minute guests. It’s filled with yummy crackers and unusual chips and nuts (like flavored pistachios) and things I pick up here and there when I am out shopping. Places like Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx can have lots of interesting things on their food aisles. I keep a block or two of good cheese in my fridge which, depending on the variety, will keep for a good while. Throw in some grapes or apple slices and there you go. You can always ask your guests to bring their own beverage, which eliminates some of the expense and decision making. (party started)