My favorite part about summer is hosting family and friends at the many different gatherings the season brings. From family reunions to Fourth of July, each weekend brings with it a new collection of people to enjoy, entertain and feed! As a result, I have learned a few tricks to help ease the stress and relish my company more.
Stick to what you do best: If you have recipes you love to make, keep making them. Many occasions you will host different people, so if your world famous ribs worked for your friends at the Fourth, then serve them again to your family on Labor Day. Reducing the learning curve makes it so much easier to cherish your company, instead of spending all your time in the kitchen. *Note: take a minute to write down your menus in an entertaining notebook so you can remember what worked and what didn’t.
Simplify: Summer entertaining allows for a more casual atmosphere. Paring down your menus and putting more emphasis on the main event allows you more time for fun. When you serve those special steaks, skip the salad, bread and other accoutrements, and accompany them instead with simple grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes.
Keep essentials on hand: Don’t get caught without the basics at the ready for those wonderful planned or spontaneous gatherings. Stock up on drink mixers, ingredients for your favorite appetizer or dessert, and festive paper goods and drink ware. Additional items like CobornsDelivers Cravings Hors D’oeuvre Cheeseball Mixes are great to have on hand too – just add butter and cream cheese and you’re ready for an impromptu evening of drinks and appetizers on the deck or by the pool. It’s also important to have extra beverages of all kinds in your fridge, which are easily delivered to your door by your CobornsDelivers driver.
Prepare ahead: The best hostesses spend time with their guests, not fussing over intricate dishes at the last minute. Choose menu items that can be readied in advance, like grilled pork tenderloin sliced and served room temperature, with roasted peppers and a variety of crusty breads and sauces. Frozen desserts are also perfect for summer because they are cool, and require a brief time to sit out during dinner before serving. Or try a berry trifle, which is beautiful to look at, but doesn’t require preparing each individual dessert after dinner.