Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday's Timesaver- Entertaining Part 2

I am so excited about this series because as I write these posts about entertaining, I am in the midst of making changes in our lives to be more hospitable.  If you didn't see my first post, go HERE to get some background on this mini-series.

How many of us can relate to inviting people over.. say.. for Friday.  Well today is Tuesday so you make a plan and go to the store Wednesday because you think you want to make Chicken Lasagna.. Thursday you decide baked chicken sounds better and you head back to the store.. Friday you make a run to get the whip cream you forgot for the apple crisp.. and then you send your husband back out right before the guests show up for butter and beer.  Haha, I have been there so many times!  What a terrible use of time and money!

When we approach a dinner with friends the same way we approach our weekly meal planning, there isn't going to be a lot of time or money wasted at the grocery store.  Start with your pantry!! What do you have that could be the beginnings of a fabulous meal for guests?  And as far as money goes, do you know what?  If salmon isn't on sale, you don't have to serve salmon!  You can still work with your coupons and sales to create a meal that fits within your budget.

Of course, you really want your guests to feel honored.  If you are saving time by going to the grocery store only one time that week, you probably will have a little extra time to add a fun touch to the meal.  If you can get cheese inexpensively with a coupon/sale, make some cheese fondue with apples and bread for dipping as an appetizer.  Or make homemade ice cream sandwiches for dessert... how fun is that?!!  It's amazing how one special touch.. place cards, herbs from your garden to garnish a dish, or even just freshly baked cookies and milk can take a meal over the top.

What simple things do you do to add that "special touch" as you entertain?


  1. I used to feel like I needed to impress people by serving something nicer, but people really like the everyday dishes. Favorites are lasagna, french bread, and salad or enchiladas, rice, beans, etc. The way to make it extra special is to have a yummy dessert ready and waiting. Since I love to bake, this is a great way to try new recipes out on friends. :) I love the idea of homemade ice cream sandwiches. MMMMMM!

  2. Im with Robin I used to be the same way. Then I would stress about what if it doesn't turn out what if they don't like it? So not worth being in a tither when your guests arrive!!